- The talk about the restriction of inter-state movement for Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers is political as long the almajiris are concerned
- Wike claimed that the almajiris are allowed to relocate in the north but that this was not the case in Rivers when the northerners were ordered to go back home
- The governor alleged that the federal government played politics with the matter by raising up the issue of restriction of inter-state movement
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on Tuesday, May 5, expressed his misgivings about the relocation of almajiris in the federal government to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike alleged that nothing was said when the almajiris were asked to return to their places of origin in the north, but that the issue of restriction of inter-state movement was raised when he ordered the northerners to go back to their states.
He said: ''When they started relocating the almajirai in the north, the federal government said nothing.
''Immediately they heard that we have relocated some almajiri, they came up with the declaration that it is against the inter-state movement. Why this double standard?”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government had raised an eyebrow against the continuous repatriation of kid beggars popularly known as almajiris, saying it was a violation of guidelines issued by President Muhammadu Buhari on inter-state movement ban amidst coronavirus crisis.
Speaking during the presidential task force briefing on Covid-19 on Monday, May 4, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said the government will engage the states on the process for the repatriation of almajiris.
Legit.ng reported that since coronavirus took a graver turn in the north, many state governments had been sending the urchins back to their respective states.
But speaking during the PTF briefing, the SGF lamented the low level of compliance towards inter-state movement restriction.
“The PTF has also received reports on the level of compliance with the nationwide ban on inter-state movement. The objective of the ban is to slow down the spread of the virus across state boundaries," Mustapha said.
He added: “There has been very noticeable relocation of Almajiris from one state to another, up until yesterday. With the ban on interstate movement, the continuation of this exercise will not be in alignment with the guidelines issued."
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