The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has called for the use of Islamic and western education to end Almajiris syndrome in the North.
He spoke at the closing of a two-day workshop for the modernisation of the Almajiri- Nizamiyya Education system in Sokoto State.
Abubakar said the sultanate council and others must unite for the success of the initiative aimed at ending street begging in the state and northern Nigeria.
The monarch recalled that he and many others were products of the traditional Almajiri system but nothing linked their quest for Arabic and Islamic knowledge with begging.
“Parents must be sensitised against allowing their children to resort to begging. We were not encouraged to beg in any guise but to strictly seek knowledge,” he said.
Abubakar said all hands must be on deck to deepen awareness and sustain the call against the begging culture.
Appreciating the efforts of the Federal Government towards ensuring an egalitarian society, the royal father called on the government to put more effort towards sustaining adequate funding of education of Nigerians through supporting efforts of state governments and relevant agencies.
“Make funds available to states committed to the project initiative with vigour. Nothing works without funds. We are efficiently driving the objectives to curtail or mitigate the negative trend and consequences associated with the socio-moral ills on the society as protection for the future of young ones. It is our duty to close ranks and salvage as well as protect lives for the continued meaningful existence and survival of humanity by providing the necessary instruments of development educationally,” he said.