COVID-19: Southwest won’t tolerate influx of almajiri, says Akintoye

COVID-19: Southwest won’t tolerate influx of almajiri, says Akintoye

- Professor Banji Akintoye has warned that the southwest will no longer tolerate the influx of almajiris into its region

- The leader of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) said most of the displaced kids have already been infected with coronavirus

- The YWC leader commended southwest governors for their actions so far and urged them to tighten patrols in their boundaries

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Leader of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC), Professor Banji Akintoye, on Wednesday, May 13, warned that the southwest will no longer tolerate the influx of almajiris into its region.

Akintoye who spoke with Vanguard said most of the displaced kids have already been infected with the dreaded coronavirus.

To stem the tide, he called on southwest governors to tighten patrols in the boundaries of their respective states.

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COVID-19: Southwest won’t tolerate influx of almajiri, says Akintoye

The menace of almajiri is now a major social problem for Nigeria. Photo credit: CPJ
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His words: “The northern governors seem to have woken up from the almajiri problem created by the northern culture. Now, they are forcing the almajiri to go back to their places of origin but many of them don’t want to be taken back. So, many are finding their way southwards.

“It is a very terrible situation because these are not just ordinary times. Coronavirus is out there, and it is massive in the north, so most of those who are fleeing do not want to be taken back to their places of origin, they choose to roam wherever they want and most of those coming southwards are infected with coronavirus.”

He stated that allowing the almajris into the southwest will compound an already complex problem.

“Almost all of the contacts with the outside world come through Lagos. We are only lucky that we have governors, who are rising to the task of tackling the coronavirus especially the governor of Lagos state,” he added.

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He lamented that the movement of the almajiris is an unacceptable situation, adding tha the Yorubas won't accept them.

He noted that the issue is not political, stressing that it is a matter of life and death.

He commended the southwest governors for turning the almajiris and asked them to keep an eye on their boundaries.

Recall that the African Action Congress (AAC) had warned that the repatriation of almajiris across Nigeria is spreading the dreaded COVID-19.

In the past few days, state governments, especially in northern Nigeria, have been evacuating almajiris to their state of origin.

The decision followed the directive of northern governors on the evacuation of almajiris to their respective states of origin.

The AAC in a statement sent to journalists on Thursday, May 7 and signed by its national chairman, Dr Leonard Nzenwa, called for the stoppage of the exercise, saying it increases the spread of COVID-19 across the country.

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