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50 almajiris from Kano test positive in Kaduna – el-Rufai

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KADUNA State Government has revealed that almajiris are in the majority of newly reported coronavirus cases in the state.

  Disclosing this through his verified Twitter handle, the state Governor, Nasir el-Rufai stated that most almajiris repatriated from Kano State have tested positive, making Kaduna State to be credited with over 50 active coronavirus cases presently.

  “COVID-19 Update: The Kaduna State Ministry of Health has confirmed receipt of 16 more positive results as at Saturday, 15 of them from almajiri. The state has now recorded 50 cases from repatriated almajiri. Active cases have risen to 59,” the governor said.

  Meanwhile media reports show earlier warnings by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, that almajiri system will present overwhelming challenges for Nigeria in the future if not dealt with urgently.

  The SGF cautioned that Nigeria must provide for the welfare of the almajiri students and prepare them for the future, pointed out that there is nothing wrong about young Muslim students learning the dictates of their faith, but noted that they should be equipped to be productive citizens in the future.

  “Equip them, skill them so that they can become educated in their state and also productive citizens in the future. “If we do not deal with the issues relating to the almajiris, we are building an army that would overwhelm us as a people and as a nation in the future,” he said.

  Mustapha’s warning was in reaction to the decision of some northern governors to ban the almajiri system as part of measures to check the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  It will be recalled that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state earlier announced the immediate deportation of almajiris and all other beggars to their states of origin.

  According to Wike, deporting the almajiris had become necessary to protect the people of Rivers State from the threat the beggars’ present in spreading coronavirus.

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