By Ibrahim Sidi KAULAHI, Gusau
ZAMFARA STATE Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has said that his administration will not repatriate any Almajiri from the state and urged all those repatriated from other States to come to the state for accommodation.
In a statement by the Director General, Media and Public enlightenment Government House Gusau, Malam Yusuf Idris, Matawalle announced his position when he received two renown Islamic scholars, Sheikh Abdullahi Dallah Dallah Chief Imam of Sambo Dan-Ashafa Jumaat Mosque, Gusau and Sheikh Bello Kanwa to a Sallah homage at his residence in Maradun local government area.
The Governor who also announced the scrapping of the committee he earlier constituted for the repatriation of Almajiri from the State, has also cancelled the repatriation plan with immediate effect.
He said the decision followed a careful study of Almajiri system in the state which only needs to be integrated into western education for the purpose of acquiring qualitative education in both western and Islamic knowledge.
“I have with no regret, cancelled the repatriation arrangements in order to give the Almajiri’s sense of belonging and reduce the stigmatization meted on Islamic teaching and learning systems in the country.
He added that the Almajiri has a right to quality education at all levels of governance in the country, Zamfara State inclusive, and his administration is working closely to come up with a reform that will integrate Almajiri system of education in a more accepted way, “But not a plan for repatriation and that I urged all those repatriated from other states to relocate to Zamfara State”.
Governor Matawalle also called on Islamic scholars in the country to embark on preaching and promoting of justice and unity among their followers for the purpose of having a united Nigeria.
Earlier in their separate speeches, Sheikh Abdullahi Dallah Dallah and Sheikh Bello Kanwa have commended the Governor for having listening ears for the development of the state.