President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Yerima Shetima has warned that the north risks breeding more Boko Haram members in the future unless Governors from the region tackle the Almajirai problem.
Shetima, who spoke on the recent relocation of Almajiris in the region by the Governors, said the moves by the Governors were done to cut costs following the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. He said the Almajirai issue would have been successfully solved if they had listen to advice and discourage the system.
“The governors probably don’t have enough to cater for the almajirai and everybody is in need. Everyone has suddenly become a beggar. We all need palliatives. All states are looking for shortcuts, to reduce costs. Naturally, the almajirai are left at the mercy of their states now. Everybody is pushing out, to reduce the numbers, so that, at least, if there are palliatives, they can go round.
“Had the governors done what they ought to have done, we wouldn’t have found ourselves here. For years, we told the governors that the almajiri system should be discouraged.The reason why they started the deportation is because of the abnormal situation on ground.
“Fear of the unknown has made them (governors) realise it is dangerous to keep almajirai parading the streets. Now, they are compelled to do it. All is not well. This almajiri issue is the biggest problem we will have in future. We are going to have more Boko Haram in the future if measures are not taken on the almajiri system” Shetima lamented.