By Biodun Busari
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has said he will reform the Almajiri system in the northern part of Nigeria if elected as the president in 2023.
Tinubu made this assertion while speaking at an independent policy institute, Chatham House in London, England on Monday.
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Speaking on how his government will attend to make Nigerian youths productive if he wins the 2023 presidential election, Tinubu, said there will be student loans and there will be a conducive template for youths to develop the technology.
At the Chatham House, other dignitaries with Tinubu were the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Director of Strategic Communication of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (APC PCC), Dele Alake among others.
Though, the former Lagos state governor did not specify how to achieve it but boasted that he succeeded in turning many liabilities into assets while governing Lagos.
“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 said.
Almajiri refers to a system of Islamic education practised in northern Nigeria where male children and youths leave the comfort of their parents to seek Islamic knowledge.
However, the Almajiri has been widely criticised as these male youths are visibly seen on the streets of all northern Nigerian cities littering motor parks, ATM centres, hotels, brothels, gridlocks and even religious places to beg for alms.
Most of them have been turned into pawns in the hands of the political elite which uses them for selfish interests to the detriment of Nigerian society.
Chatham House, also known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute with headquarters in London. It has a mission of offering commentary on world events and providing solutions to global challenges.