The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has promised to reform the Almajiri system, If elected as president in 2023 general elections.
Speaking on Monday at the Chatham House in London, the United Kingdom, Tinubu promised to make the Almajiri system conventional and make the students productive, according to NaijaNews.
Tinubu said if elected as the President in 2033, he would engage the youth to develop technology language on their own as well as creation of a conducive template for youths to develop the technology.
He also added that there would be student loans for those that couldn’t afford their tuition.
He stated, “There will be student loans (for Nigerian students). We are going to reform the Almajiri system. The youth can develop technology language on their own.”
Tinubu affirmed his capacity to achieve this and more upon the premises of his achievements as a governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007.
He noted how he was able to turn many liabilities into assets while he was the Lagos governor.
Almajiri is a system of Islamic education practised in Northern part of Nigeria where male teenagers leave the comfort of their parents to seek Islamic knowledge.
However, the Almajiri has been widely criticised by many leaders as the boys are visibly seen on the streets of all major cities in the North littering motor parks, ATM centres, hotels, brothels, gridlocks and even religious places to beg for alms.