Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has urged state governors to desist from playing politics with almajiri movement, saying the agreement was reached at Northern Governors’ Forum.
Don’t play politics with almajiri’s movement – Ganduje
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
The Governor said that the state is sending almajiris to their states of origin in good faith and according to stipulated procedures, pointing out that the exercise was not political and should not be politicized.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Malam Abba Anwar, disclosed this on Sunday.
According to the statement, the governor made the remark during the State Task Force on COVID-19 media briefing at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Sunday.
Ganduje said: “We agreed at the Northern Governors’ Forum that all Almajiris should be moved to their states of origin. That is why we are sending in good faith and procedures, all Almajiris that are not from Kano state to their respective states of origin.
“The way we are sending back Almajiris to their states of origin, we are also receiving Almajiris from other states who are Kano indigenes. But the fact that we are not making noise about it does not mean they are all healthy without COVID-19 infections.”
The governor further disclosed that some of the Almajiris brought to the state during the exercise are also COVID-19 positive.
He explained: “But we are not making politics out of it. Because we all believe that what they need most now is not noise making or publicity. What they need at this critical point in time is care giving.
“People should also understand that these children were not infected in the process of transporting them to their respective states. So noise making is not fit as a way forward. All we are doing is simply to comply with the Northern Governors’ Forum decision that all Almajiris in our states should be taken back to their respective states, simple.”