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Emir Of Gwandu Expresses Concern Over Almajiri Syndrome



The Emir of Gwandu and chairman, Kebbi State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Muhammad Iliyasu Bashar, has expressed concern over the lingering almajiri problem in the north.

The emir described the almajiri syndrome as a shame to the north and made a passionate appeal to northerners to find a lasting solution to the problem.

Bashar expressed his lamentation when he received in his palace, members of Gwandu Emirate Development Association (GEDA) on sallah visit.

He pointed out that even with the problem of almajiri begging on the streets, the northwest region accounts for the highest number of drug addicts in Nigeria which, according to him, gave rise to cråiminal tendencies such as kidnappings and armed banditry in the country.

‘’It is a shame on the north, you see almajiri everywhere in the streets begging, if it’s drugs, you come to the north, the northwest has the highest number of addicts in Nigeria,” he said.

He appealed to people to advise or suggest how to curtail the almajiri syndrome through writing to his emirate as the state governor, senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and the other three emirs would be meeting to come out with proactive measures to check the ugly trend.

Earlier, the director general of Gwandu Emirate Development Association (GEDA), Alhaji Abubakar Ladan, told the emir that they were in his palace on sallah visit and to seek for his fatherly advise and blessings.

He said over the last few years, GEDA had made giant strides towards the progress of the emirate especially in education.

He explained that governor Bagudu donated N18million, while Senator Aliyu Wamakko, former Sokoto State governor, fenced GEDA academy; the government provided additional structures and furniture.

Ladan also hinted that GEDA would establish education trust fund to cater for development of education in the emirate.