The presidency has said that the abrogation of the Almajiri system remains an objective but not immediate ban by Muhammadu Buhari administration.
In a statement issued on Friday by the media aide to the president, Malam Garba Shehu, he called for caution in responses to the pronouncements by Buhari on free and compulsory basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age in Nigeria, during his speech on Thursday at the inauguration of the National Economic Council (NEC).
The presidency noted that while the Buhari administration is committed to free and compulsory education as a long-term objective of bringing to an end the phenomenon of out-of-school children, any necessary ban on almajiri would follow due process and consultation with the relevant authorities.
He said that the federal government wants a situation where every child of primary school age is in school rather than begging on the streets during school hours.
He said: “At the same time, we don’t want to create panic or a backlash. Reports that there are plans for massive arrest of parents are definitely out of place. Things have to be done the right and considerate way.
“Free and compulsory primary school education is a requirement of the Nigerian constitution and any individual or group not in compliance with this is violating the law of the land and liable to be punished.
“In his speech at the inauguration of NEC, President Buhari stated, without equivocation, that the country’s children have rights and must be given their due rights and protection under the law.
“As many have stated in their views”, Shehu said that the “almajiri phenomenon represents a security challenge and a scar on the face of Northern Nigeria,” he said. Leadership.
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