I got posted to the north, katsina State for my National Youth Service Corp (NYSC). Almajiri is an Arabic word translated to mean” a person who leaves his home in search of Islamic knowledge”.
The culture has since outlived its purpose and for the first time in my life I witnessed those children wandering across the street of Kaduna, Zaria , katsina and Kano with their plates of food tied across their necks with rope and Shabbily dressed .
They keep chanting FISABILILAHI( doing anything for the sake of God and in the way of God to gain nearness to Him and gain His pleasure )
Those children are products of polygamous family or broken homes and their parents do not have resources to cater for them . Many of those kids doesn’t know their way back home.
The kids who are majorly little boys ,are not exposed to Western education apart from their Islamic education which they are no longer learning but seen wandering on the street to cater for themselves .
Those kids are growing up without love and care, exposes to homosexuality , pedophilia ,subjected to slavery and brainwashed to violent activities in the society .
ALMAJIRI system has deviated from its original purpose . I looked at those kids on the street with my eyes full of tears.
It is time for government to banish the Almajiri culture in our society or reformed to meet modern standard!