The senator representing Imo West Senatorial District of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Saturday, made a strong case for almajiris, saying that they should be seen as human beings and children of all.
Okorocha, a two-term governor of Imo State stated this in an interview with journalists in Bauchi shortly after attending this year’s Maulud celebration of the Tijjaniyya Movement held at the IBB Square in Bauchi metropolis.
According to Okorocha, seeing the almajiris as our children and human beings is the best way to tackle the menace of almajiri in the country, especially in the Northern part of Nigeria.
He also called for the integration of the Arabic system of education with the conventional school system and empowerment of the almajiris.
“I am calling on all and sundry, the rich and government to see what they can do to help the situation and to see how we can fight poverty together, and not blaming the children (almajiris) and making them become guilty of offences they didn’t commit because they did not bring themselves to this world.
“The best way to address the almajiria issue is first of all, the government must accept the fact that these almajiris are our children and once we accept that fact, then we have done 50 per cent of the job.
“Then we have to think about how to combine this school system, the Arabic schools, with conventional schools and empowerment.
“If they reach the age that they should go to farm there must be something they can do because I don’t think that there is anybody created by God that is useless. It is only when there is no idea that people look useless but there is no useless person in this world,” the former governor said.