The almajiri system is seen in some quarters as one of the challenges in Northern Nigeria which has contributed to the underdevelopment of the region.
However recently, the state governors in the region began the expulsion and ban of the Almajiri System of Education.
Meanwhile one Of the governors in the region, Bello Matawalle, has suspended the planned expulsion of the almajiri children from the state.
The Zamfara state governor who made this known via a statement earlier today said his administration will not repatriate any almajiri from the state, all those repatriated from other states can come to Zamfara and will be accommodated.
Matawelle said he changed his earlier position following a meeting with three Islamic scholars, “Abdullahi Dallah-Dallah and Chief Imam of Sambo Dan-Ashafa Jumaat Mosque, Gusau and Sheikh Bello Kanwa who paid him Sallah homage at his country home, at Maradun.”
Naija News understands the Zamfara governor’s spokesperson, Yusuf Idris, while speaking further also announced the scrapping of the committee he earlier constituted for the repatriation of almajiris from the state. He said the decision followed “a careful study of almajiri system in the state which only needs to be integrated into western education for the purpose of acquiring qualitative education in both western and Islamic knowledge”.
He said he canceled the repatriation idea in order to give the almajiri “a sense of belonging and reduce the stigmatisation meted on the Almajiri Islamic teaching and learning in the country”.
He added that “almajiri have a right to quality education at all levels of governance in the country, Zamfara State inclusive.”
He said his administration is working hard to come up with a reform that will integrate almajiri system of education “into a more attractive and more accepted way not repatriation”.