-The presidency has dismissed reports that it had concluded plans to ban the Al-majiri system of education
– NSA, Babagana Monguno, had previously been quoted as saying the Al-majiri system, which operates in most parts of northern Nigeria, will be proscribed
– Monguno reportedly described the Al-majiri group as becoming a problem to the country
– The presidency, however, said things will have to be done the right way; and any future proscription will follow due process
Reports that the federal government had concluded plans to ban the Al-majiri system of education, has been dismissed by the presidency.
This comes following a report by The Nation, that the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, said the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari will soon ban the Al-majiri system operating especially in the northern part of Nigeria.
According to Monguno, in a chat with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, the Al-majiri groups are becoming a problem to the country.
Legit.ng notes that the government’s dismissal of the NSA’s statement was, however, contained in a statement issued by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu.
Shehu pointed out that though the prescription of the Al-majiri system remained an objective of the Buhari administration, any such development would follow due process and will be done in consultation with relevant authorities.
He said: “The presidency notes that while the Buhari administration is committed to free and compulsory education as a long-term objective of bringing to an end, the phenomenon of out-of-school children, any necessary ban on Almajiri would follow due process and consultation with relevant authorities.
”Indeed, the federal government wants a situation where every child of primary school age is in school rather than begging on the streets during school hours. At the same time, we don’t want to create panic or a backlash.”
The statement added: “Things have to be done the right and considerate way.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state expressed fears that the practice of begging by Almajiris expose them to dangerous habits which he said “will in turn, hurt us in near future.”
Tambuwal made the comment in a chat with newsmen following a meeting of prominent personalities of Sokoto origin at the Sultan’s palace.
The governor said: “The state government as a matter of concern has been on the issue of Almajiri begging style and very soon, we will call all those involved to find a lasting solution to the problem.”
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