- A Twitter user, Kariq, recently shared a heart breaking story by Nigerian writer Japhet Prosper
- Prosper in his story gave a detailed narration of his experience in the almajiri system
- According to Prosper, he was eventually rescued by an Igbo man and his family members
A social media user identified as Kariq on Twitter recently took to the platform to share a heartbreaking story which was originally written by a writer identified as Japhet Prosper.
The lengthy narration details the harrowing and agonizing experiences of Prosper as a member of the almajiri educational system while he was growing up.
In the opening paragraphs of the story, Prosper recounted how life as an almajiri was filled with abject suffering and how he lived a life of wretchedness. He narrated how young children moved around in pairs begging for alms and food.
According to Prosper, the decision to quit the system and find a better way of living was taken just when he was aged 10. He said it was the wisest decision he took in life.
"I was ten when I decided to remove the cloak of destitution and face life squarely. It still remains the turning point in my life and the wisest decision I’d ever taken," he said.
According to the writer, his decision to elope was further given life by a friend he identified as Ali who was also fed up of life as an Almajiri.
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Prosper disclosed that he finally made the decision to quit the system at a place called Sabon Titi. He recounted how he and his friend Ali had visited a canteen to scramble for leftovers by the customers.
However, upon seeing the condition in which some of the customers left their meals, they made the decision to seek a better and more deserving life.
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After taking the decision to leave, both Ali and Prosper separated from the rest of almajiri boys and hopped on a Dangote trailer.
Prosper recounted how the driver and his conductor had found them in the middle of the night, taken them to the canteen to eat and how he gave them money to set off to Suleja.
According to Prosper, the driver advised against going down to Lagos as there was only more suffering waiting there.
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The writer narrated how he and his counterpart went down to Kaduna and started jobs as cobblers. According to Prosper, that was where he met the Igbo trader that changed his life forever.
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Some months ago, Legit.ng reported that members of the House of Representatives asked the federal government to stop the repatriation of the almajiri children to their states of origin. The lawmakers made the call during plenary on Tuesday, May 12. The legislators expressed concern about the mass movement of almajiri children amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
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