Calls for Ban of Nigeria's Almajiri System

Poor families from rural areas across West Africa send their children to a network of Islamic boarding schools in the cities of northern Nigeria in the hope that they would receive an education, shelter and food but the children are allegedly reduced to a life of begging on the streets to survive - A practice that governors are wanting to eradicate from their states.

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  • Nigeria:  Aliyu to Mark - You Can't Ban Almajiris Without Alternative

    Daily Trust, 28 May 2013

    Governor Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State yesterday said the call for outright ban of almajiris on the streets will not be a permanent solution to the country's social ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Why We Can't Ban Almajiri System - Niger Gov

    Leadership, 28 May 2013

    The Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, has faulted the call for the blanket banning of the Almajiri school system without a concrete arrangement put in place to ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Time to Ban All Street Begging

    Daily Trust, 26 May 2013

    Reports from Kano State last week said the state government was taking steps to ban all street begging in the state. Uztaz Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, Commander General of the Kano ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Gunmen Kill Father, Son and Almajiri in Borno

    Vanguard, 24 May 2013

    Despite the emergency rule and the deployment of over 3000 Joint Taks Force troops in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, some gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram sect yesterday shot ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Northern Governors, Politicians Responsible for 'Unislamic' Almajiri System - David Mark

    Premium Times, 22 May 2013

    The Senate President, David Mark, on Wednesday challenged Nigeria's northern governors to urgently ban the almajiri system that has seen millions of children, abandoned by their ... read more »