The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Friday urged Northern Governors to postpone the expulsion of students of the ‘Almajiri’ educational system in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many states of the North have been expelling large numbers of almajiri back to their states of origin in recent times.
”For example, on April 21, Kano expelled 432 almajiri to Katsina, 63 to Yobe, 198 to Kaduna, etc.
”Expectedly, the Northern states are beginning to take responsibility and there is every reason to believe that plans are already on ground to take good care of those almajiri on arrival in their home states. The motive behind it is commendable.
“However, the expulsions have coincided with the COVID-19 outbreak and this is our first concern. The children are being exposed to great danger.
”To make matters worse, significant numbers of these almajiri are testing positive to Coronavirus thereby swelling the COVID-19 caseloads of their receiving states and making the management of this global pandemic more difficult for Nigerian authorities.
”Unfortunately, some of these almajiri are also escaping to southern states, potentially spreading COVID-19 to every nook and cranny of Nigeria.
“It is clear that the concerned Northern States appeared to have acted without consulting Islamic scholars who are at their beck and call. Islam opposes the idea of leaving a city under plague attack.
”The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) warned that, ‘If a plague breaks out in a city and you are living there, do not leave it. And if you are about to enter a city and there is a plague there, do not enter there’