- Governor Umahi has declared almajiri persona non grata
- According to him, they must not be seen any part of Ebonyi
- The governor also commended northern governors for tackling the menace
Following allegations that Almajiris are being smuggled into the southeast, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has declared that the children are not welcomed in his state.
Umahi said they won’t be entertained in any part of the state.
The Nation reports that though he commended northern governors for acknowledging the problem of almajiri, he, however, insisted that he will not be afraid to reject them.
“We will not be afraid to say that there will not be Almajiris in Ebonyi state and the northern governors I commend them, they said go to your state of origin.
“We will not allow Almajiris in Ebonyi state. Ebonyi will not allow Amajiris, they should go to their state of origin. We have to as a people to begin to tell ourselves the truth,” he emphasised.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that members of the House of Representatives have called on the federal government to stop the repatriation of the almajiri children to their states of origin.
The lawmakers made the call when deliberating on a motion sponsored by a member of the House, Aishatu Dukku.
Her petition was seconded by another legislator, Henry Archibong.
Dukku faulted the repatriation of Almajiri children on the grounds that it was against the fundamental human rights of any Nigerian to reside in any part of the country.
The lawmaker also expressed concern that the mass movement of almajiri children is capable of further spreading COVID-19 because of the cramped way the children are transported.
Some state governments have been repatriating hundreds of almajiri children to their states of origin, as a measure to check the transmission of COVID-19 in their states.
Recently over 100 almajiris intercepted by officials of the Abia state homeland security on Tuesday, May 5 on the Abia-Enugu border, were sent back to their respective states.
Abia state commissioner for information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu, disclosed this during a recent interview.
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