Renown Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi has called on any government and persons who want to ban Almajiri in Nigeria to respect their rights to practice their religion without hindrance of any kind.
Bauchi said the system must allow the continuation of learning of the Quran with Almajiri wherever they want to reside in Nigeria as enshrine in the 1999 constitution.
He stated this at the end of the meeting of the Tsangaya school proprietors and stakeholders held at Zaranda Hotel Bauchi.
“We Nigerians have rights under the laws of the land to live where ever we want to live and to practice our religion.
“Qur’anic pupils and their teachers have these rights and henceforth we will not accept violations of our rights in the name of banning Almajiranci and evacuation of our pupils from place to place like stray animals, we will not accept it and we disagree with any law that will contravene our rights,
“We must learn the Holy Quran and teach our pupils how to learn, memorise and master the Holy Quran as inherited over 1000 years ago, we don’t want anyone to temper with the traditional way of learning the Holy Qur’an”
On the Issue of Almajiri begging, Dahiru Bauchi queried, “Did Almajiri go to the Houses of the Northern governors to beg for food? No, the pupils beg for their food in the communities they live and the communities are not tired of us”
Presenting a paper on the right of Almajiri under Nigerian law, Barrister Aminu Balarabe Isa said any action to ban the Almajiri system contravenes sections 18 which says Government shall directs its policy towards ensuring equal opportunities to educational opportunities, chapter 4 , chapter 34,38,41, and 42, of the 1999 constitution.
Six papers were also presented by different scholars, who explained that banning the Almajiri system does not tell the truth about the successes almajiri experience.
The Scholars described poverty, as the main reason why there are many people begging in the country which the government is yet to tackle.
He observed that even now that Almajiri were repatriated many are still begging on the streets and the government is yet to stop them.
A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, agreed that the proprietors would unite and speak with one voice on all matters affecting their activities.