- The Emir of Kano, Alhajj Muhammad Sanusi II, has called for the sanction of the parents of street children popularly called Almajiris instead of chasing after the innocent children.
- The Emir contends that the Almajiris who are many in the northern part of the country are products of a failed family system orchestrated by irresponsible fathers.
- The Kano monarch expressed worries over the attitude of many parents who give birth to children without taking care of those children
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Thursday, December 26, called for the arrest of the fathers of Almajiris rather instead of arresting the children.
The Emir, who charged Nigerians, especially Muslims, to give birth to only the number of children they can cater for opined that the Almajiris have sources as they did not produce themselves.
Legit.ng's regional correspondent, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that Sanusi said this at the opening ceremony of the 108th Islamic Vocation Course (IVC) organised by the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Zone B held at IVC Permanent Camp, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Ogunmakin, Ogun state.
Dignitaries present at the programme themed The Unification included the deputy governor of Oyo state, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, former and present executive secretary of Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria (MUSWEN), Professor Daud Noibi and Professor Muslih Yahyah.
Others are Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta, Alhaji Daud Makanjuola, Baba Adini of Yoruba land, Edo and Delta, Alhaji Sharafadeen Tunji Ishola, Iya Adini of Yoruba land, Edo and Delta, Alhaja Sekinah Adekola, National President (Amir) of MSSN, Dr Taofeek Yekeen and MSSN B Zone Amir, Barrister Qaasim Odedeji.
Sanusi while speaking on the array of social problems bedevilling the country insisted that the issue of Almajri syndrome is far from being an Islamic matter but a sign of irresponsibility on the part of the parents who gave birth to children they cannot train.
"Almajiris don't produce themselves," he said.
While describing the issue of street children as a social issue which needs urgent attention, Emir Sanusi declared that there are millions of out of school children in Nigeria with the largest percentage concentrated in the north
While maintaining that there is a need to get all out of school children back to the school, Sanusi maintained that men should imbibe the habit of marrying the number of women they can cater for.
"If we continued this way, about 40% extremely poor people will be in Nigeria. It is 20% in the South-West, North it is 80%, Lagos is 8% and Zamfara, it is 91%.
"We have been talking about Almajri for over 30 years. Why are people having a family that they cannot maintain? Why are people marrying a wife that they cannot maintain? Why do we go for the divorce and leave children uncatered for? The condition is that you are able to provide for your family. A condition for being the head of the family, a condition for being a dutiful husband is to provide for your wife.
"In the north, we have millions of out-of-school children. I say there is no children out of school; if you are not in the western school, you are not in the Islamiyyah or Quranic school, you are on the street learning how to lie, learning how to cheat among other vices"
"Instead of having many children, why not have the ones you can cater for? These are the fundamental questions we should ask ourselves. Most of these children roaming about the streets will be adult in the next twenty years and they will be the ones recruited as political thugs by the politicians if we don't take good care of them now.
"This is my own advice that we must look at. These are not religious, they are social issues that need to be addressed," Sanusi said.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar, while speaking, urged Muslims not to be provoked by any utterances from either any political or religious leaders but continued to be law-abiding.
The Sultan, who is also the president-general, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), urged Muslims to work for the unity of the country.
He said: "We will not work to divide Nigeria. We should not take arm, don't be provoked by any utterances. Be law-abiding wherever you are."
Earlier in his lecture, an Islamic cleric and professor of law at the University of Ilorin, Abdurazaq Alaro maintained that if Muslims do not unite, they will fail in their endeavours and will consequently become weak who can be preyed upon.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that persons of the opposite genders can no longer ply the same commercial tricycles popularly known as ‘A daidaita sahu’ in Kano state.
An official announced that the ban from the Kano state government takes effect from January 2020.
This was disclosed by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Wednesday, December 25, at the closing ceremony of 77th annual Islamic Vacation Course (IVC).
The event was organised by Zone A of Muslim Society of Nigeria (MSSN) held at Bayero University, Kano.
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