Adamawa Muslims raise alarm over almajiri influx

By Muazu Abari


The Adamawa chapter of the Muslim Council has raised concern over the influx of Qu’ranic school pupils (Almaris) into major towns in the state.
The council, in a communiqué issued at the end of its 29th General Assembly meeting in Yola yesterday, called on parents and governments at all levels to do something about it.
The communiqué was signed by the communiqué drafting committee chairman, Gambo Jika, and the Secretary, Abdullahi Damare.
“The assembly observed with concern the influx of Almajiris into the state, especially into our major towns in the name of seeking Qu’ranic education.
“It equally noted that the Almajiri system is a cultural practice rather than religion.
“Parents are, therefore, called upon to fear Allah and give their wards proper knowledge of Islamic and Western education.”
The meeting called on the federal government to revive and adequately fund the Almajiri and Quranic wintegration programme, decrying the growing rate of drug abuse and its associated consequences such as violent crimes and rape among youth in the state.
It called on security agencies and NDLEA to take action on the matter.
The council called for the revival of dormant skills acquisition centres in the state to contain increased rate of unemployment and tasked adults to participate in the ongoing continuous voter registration.
It cautioned against careless divorce by some Muslims and tasked on the need to respect the institution of marriage, which it said, is an act of “Ibadaa” (worship).
On recent Numan crisis, it condemned the killings of Fulanis and Bachamas and called on the state and federal governments to find a lasting solution.

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