~ Tijjani Muhammad Musa
If we are really serious and sincere about solving this Almajiri problem in Northern Nigeria, one of the sure ways is for each rich, well-to-do, elite or middle-class man with at least a degree, working, possibly married with a child or two to volunteer in sponsoring, just like we will our own children, you and I, the EDUCATION of at least ONE of the ALMAJIRIS roaming the street in our society, from PRIMARY to UNIVERSITY DEGREE LEVEL.
A promise should be extracted or agreed upon with the almajiri, child of the poor or ward of any neighbor being sponsored with consent of his parents or guardian, that if blessed with the education to degree level, he or she will be expected to similarly extend the same sponsorship opportunity to at least one less privileged child like him or her.
Based on this projection, it is envisaged that in the next 5-10 years, the low level of education and poor corporate and economic involvement of the average Northern Nigerian in state, national and international affairs would gradually start to decrease and eventually disappear from the populace. It is obvious, the problem will not abate just because we keep talking or complaining about it. We must take definitive action towards addressing it, in order to achieve our set objectives of eradicating the scourge known as the Almajiri Phenomenon.
But our coming on to social network platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and so on to simply hype on it from the comfort of our homes, offices, play stations to show the world we are worried about it and expect the problem to simply vanish into thin air, will not work. Affirmative action must be taken by each of us towards eradicating the menace. We must change our attitudes, if we are to bring any meaningful progress in this regard.
SPONSOR THE EDUCATION OF AT LEAST ONE ALMAJIRI TO DEGREE LEVEL.