A former governor of Abia, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has reacted to the influx of some northerners popularly known as Almajirai into the southern part of Nigeria.
Ezeife dismissed claims that President Muhammadu Buhari imposed an 8:00pm to 6:00 am curfew to discourage such movement.
In his view, the former governor of Abia state said opined that only a president of Igbo origin can put an end of the Almajiri problem in Nigeria, The Sun reports.
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He said that this category of northerners should pray for an Igbo Nigerian leader who can empower them economically.
The elder statesman went on to say that this is possible because, in the Igbo society, everyone is equal and free to thrive economically.
Chukwuemeka Ezeife said that this category of northerners should pray for an Igbo Nigerian leader who can empower them economically.
Ezeife said: “A president of Igbo origin will end Almajarai by effective training of the Almajarai for economic use. The same thing goes for the talakawas because in Igbo land, everybody is equal to everybody.
“Everybody is free to pursue economic survival. Everybody is free to climb as fast as he can or to what extent they can. Therefore, if a president of Igbo origin is in place, this Almajiri business will disappear after a number of years.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a social media user identified as Kariq on Twitter recently took to the platform to share a heartbreaking story which was originally written by a writer identified as Japhet Prosper.
In the opening paragraphs of the story, Prosper recounted how life as an almajiri was filled with abject suffering and how he lived a life of wretchedness.
He narrated how young children moved around in pairs begging for alms and food.
According to Prosper, the decision to quit the system and find a better way of living was taken just when he was aged 10. He said it was the wisest decision he took in life.
“I was ten when I decided to remove the cloak of destitution and face life squarely. It still remains the turning point in my life and the wisest decision I’d ever taken,” he said.