Insecurity: Ganduje says Boko Haram is targeting Almajiri for recruitment

Insecurity: Ganduje says Boko Haram is targeting Almajiri for recruitment

- The Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has spoken about the insecurity challenges in the country

- The politician disclosed the impact the Almajiri education is having on security

- Some experts in the past have raised concerns over the welfare of children under this form of Islamic education

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has said Boko Haram insurgents now exploit the Almajiri system to recruit fighters.

He made the claim on Tuesday, December 15, at a book launch in Abuja, Daily Trust reported.

Almajiranci is a system of Islamic education practised in northern Nigeria in which parents are encouraged to leave parental responsibilities to Islamic schools.

Insecurity: Ganduje says Boko Haram targeting Almajiri for recruitment
Governor Ganduje says the Almajiranci system is no longer what it used to be in the past. Photo: Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
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Young boys enrolled in the system are called Almajiri, while the female gender is Almajira, and the plural is Almajirai.

The governor said the indoctrination of these children makes them easy targets of the insurgents.

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He said:

“There is no doubt Boko Haram succeeded in Nigeria because they have foundation, a recruitment base in the Almajirai who are hugely indoctrinated."

The governor explained that the system was a good one when it was created. He, however, pointed out that it has been adulterated.

He stated that the Almajiri now pose challenges to security because of the introduction of unwholesome practices like street begging.

Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has accused the Buhari-led administration of failing to heed its advice on how to tackle insecurity in the country.

The spokesperson for the group, Emmanuel Yawe, made the accusation on Tuesday, December 15, when he addressed the press shortly after a meeting by the forum.

He said the government has left citizens at the mercy of bandits because of its failure to provide security.

In another report, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on the federal government to wake up and change the insecurity situation in the country.

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The NUT in a statement signed by its secretary-general, Mike Ene, on Tuesday, December 15, said that if the government fails to do the needful, its members will go on a nationwide strike.

The union cited cases of teachers abducted in Edo and Delta and mentioned the recent kidnap of many students in the Kankara part of Katsina.

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