* We must take almajiri off the streets- First Lady
* As Emir of Kano for arrest of Almajiri fathers not children
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the N614 billion bailout offered to states was to assist them to address social menace like almajiri among other pressing needs
.This is even as wife of the president, Aisha Buhari has while regretting that the problem has never been the availability of laws but compliance, insisted that everything must be done to take the Almajiris off the street.
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, in the same vain has advocated for laws to be enacted by state governments to tackle injustices in marriages just as he recommended the arrest of fathers that send out their child as Almajiri to beg for alms.
They all spoke on Thursday at the opening of a national conference for re positioning the Muslim family for national development organised by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in conjunction with Future Assured, a pet project of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari. According to President Buhari, “Most of the challenges affecting the family are within the mandates and the jurisdictions of state governments. In compliance with constitutional stipulations and provisions, we gave bailout to them to assist them in discharging this obligations and statutory mandates.
It is our expectations that state governments will rise up to these challenges and do their own part in this social degeneration.”Speaking more on the arrest of those he referred to as irresponsible fathers, Sanusi said, no law provides that a man should marry, have children and abandon them without living to his responsibility to them. He said any man that was too poor to take care of his family should go out and beg himself and not send his child.
The traditional ruler called for the arrest of any parent that turned his child or ward to an Almajiri rather than arresting the boy. The Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, called on President Buhari to give matching orders to governors to implement high level solutions provided at the programmes like the conference. He said: “No matter how big a person is he is not bigger than Nigeria. Issues of drugs, high rate of divorces, social issues have to be looked into and addressed.