The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has kicked against the Kukah Almajiri initiative stating the dream is a Trojan horse.
Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the founder and mouthpiece of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has blatantly disagreed with the initiative, stating that muslim children cannot be entrusted into the hand of a Christian gospeller.
A non-governmental organisation, The Kukah Centre, founded by Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, has made the move to tackle out of school children menace through a project named Kukah Almajiri Initiative.
Worried by the nexus between the growing ragtag army of impoverished, socially deprived out-of-school children, estimated to be between 10 and 14 million, and the increasing spate of insecurity in northern Nigeria, The Kukah Centre, has indicated readiness to rise up to the challenge of tackling this devastating social menace.
Mr Kukah, revealed this before a select audience of Muslim and Christian leaders from northern Nigeria that converged in Minna, Niger State, for a four-day workshop with the theme “Interfaith Dialogue and Engagement.”
Proposing to establish skills acquisition centres across the region to train the over 10 million out-of-school (Almajiri) children by The Kukah Centre, a move that is best described as the Kukah Almajiri Initiative, Bishop Kukah had this to say: “One of the greatest concerns in Nigeria is to get the Almajiri off the streets. The centre will soon sign a memoranda of understanding with a foreign partner to make sure that we get the Almajiri children off the streets.”
Akintola’s MURIC while questioning its motive, sincerity and urging the Muslim North to reject it, said, among other things only Muslims should cater for the welfare of fellow Muslims, and Christians like Bishop Kukah should redirect their energy towards solving the problems in the Christian community