The Emir of Lafia, Justice Mohammed Sidi Bage, has condemned the almajiri system of education as a Northern Hausa tradition, which is not supported by the Quran.
Speaking at the flag-off of the repatriation of scores of almajiri kids in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, the monarch said that the practice was totally an aberration of what the Holy Quran teaches.
Bage, who is the chairman Nasarawa State Council chiefs, stated that no biological child could be better taken care of away from his biological parents.
He hailed the decision of the northern Governors for reuniting the almajiris with their families in their respective states and to their families.
“These long traditional practice has taken us to the wrong path of history and it is unfortunate that these children are taken out of parents without any care.
“There is nothing wrong in history by taking these children back to their homes.
“We thank our governors, for being forthright in this struggle which has finally yielded the solution”, he said.
The State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, explained that repatriating the children became imperative in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, stressing that with the increasing cases of the disease across the country, the children can not be allowed to roam the streets.
The Chairman of Lafia LGA, Muazu Mafata, added that the northern governors had achieved great feat in their action to return the children to their parents.
Mafata who is the current ALGON chairman in the State, added that over 700 almajiri were from the southern senatorial district, comprising five local government areas.
ExpressDay reports that the over 700 almajiri children affected were from Jigawa, Kaduna, Plateau, Gombe and Taraba States.