The word “Almajirai” is the plural form of almajiri but few refer the plural form as Almajiris. Either Almajiri or Almajiris, known of these children has a parental cares. Perhaps, they’re children of a living ghost. A ghost whose existentialism is to see its children leaves a worthless life.
However, the word “Almajiri” according to the history, is derived from the Arabic “Al muhajirun”, “an emigrant”. This refers to an expatriate; who departs from his home for another to acquire knowledge.
As study, many of these children didn’t know the root of the “almajiranci” discipleship neither did they know the purpose of their existence. All they knew and believe is, of course, “Mallam yace” teacher said. Even at their gun point, no one will disputes his teacher’s fallacy rather embrace the ungodly act gladly.
Indisputably, in Islamic Religion, as Prophet said in Hadith “Tholabul ilmi faridhotun ‘ala kulli muslimin wal muslimat” it means, learning is an obligatory for every men and women. Perhaps, the reason behind the Almajiri system is adherent to the word of prophet which has been misconstrued.
Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. Since knowledge is light and the wing to heaven, it must be tantamount and mustn’t be jeopardise. Sadden, some illiterate teachers are involve in teaching these children nothing but poisoning their mind.
Meanwhile, the lack of basic infrastructural facilities for learning, lack of planned curriculum, and poor professional handling of the pupils for effective learning has indeed, lead the children astray and they seems to contribute nothing to the society rather view things as trepidation.
According to a report by the National Council for the Welfare of the Destitute (NCWD) approximated the number of current almajiri to 7 million. The system now lacks good things; teachers, and basic amenities like proper clothing and shelters. Most of these almajiri do not graduate and are left with the option to do menial jobs while their “ghost” parents leave healthy. Whose fault? their living ghost, teachers, or the government?
Well, isn’t the writer’s will to address the children as the children of a living ghost but the reasons/facts about the children can’t be sweep beneath the carpet and mustn’t be consider as the northerners’ “palaba” problem. I’m afraid, the children are in every part of the states not in northern parts of the country as thought.
The lack of parental care is caused by lack and/or inadequate family environment. These children are usually emotionally unstable; they frequently develop disorders which uproots hatred and can easily ignite hullabaloo in the country
Life’s good when it’s lived for oneself and it’s great when lived for others. The living ghost must stop the inhuman and the society is expected to embrace these children with love and care. Although, the societal view over the children is dishearten and mustn’t overlook or slip out from speakers’ mouth unchew “sinewy”. Mayhap, the need to correct our view is necessary to embrace the children with love and passion.
Meanwhile, In defense of the poor children “Almajirai”
The section 41 of the Constitution generally provides that every citizen of this country is “entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria”. This, has provided room for the poor children to move in Nigeria as free as the birds in sky . Ain’t they Nigerians? Of cause, as the citizens we are all entitled to equal right.
However, these rights have always existed long before now. Myriads of people subscribed the calling of the poor children names which is dishearten and unbearable in our society as the citizens of this country. Perhaps, they’re fatherless but blood flow in their veins like ours. Then, what is the defamation about?
No doubt, the unwell society would remain ill, unless we see beyond the plight of these children and stop the increase of their sorrows. People chase them around even at the period of help; they bark at them like a dog and often run helter skelter like a rabbit who sees its death.
All these act contributed to their defend looks and ready to attack anyone who chases them about like a goat. They ain’t criminal. “Boju ba se ipi afi han oju nii” if the eyes are dirty we reveal it for the eyes to see the dirty. We need to wave out the ignorance in our society. These children are not criminals.
According section 373 of the criminal code, defamation matter likely to injure the reputation of any person by exposing him/her to hatred. Mayhap, the reason behind the defamatory was because of the name they carried on about “Almajiri”. If yes, then, everyone in this country is one. Confused? Of cause, everybody is “Almajiri” including the elite whose children traveled out for knowledge.
As explained in my previous article, “Almajira; The children of a living ghost”: Almajiri is derived from the Arabic “Al muhajirun”, “an emigrant”. Which refers to an expatriate; who departs from his/her home for another to acquire knowledge. Anyone who leaves his/her home town for another to acquire knowledge is “Almajiri” emigrants. And, of cause, should be consider as one.
That tiny bit of grass that we are apt to discountenance is such that can make one go blind if careful not. If the children fall into the wrong hands, I’m afraid they will brainwashes them in mishap. They’re nothing but poor children who need education enlighten, love and of course, retrieve them from their living ghost.
Mustapha Abdullateef writes and can be reach via Abdullateefmustapha203@gmail.com