Bola Tinubu, the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate for president, promised on Tuesday that if elected, he will solve the issues with the Almajiri system in northern Nigeria.
At a town hall meeting with Muslim clerics and leaders from the seven states in the north-west, Mr. Tinubu made this statement in Kano.
According to Mr. Tinubu, the Almajiri issue has not been resolved by previous governments because to a lack of collaboration and preparation.
Mr Tinubu said: “Let me answer the question of the Almajiri. You built schools without clinics, planning for their teachers, no allowance, Mr Tinubu said about the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan who built numbers of Almajiri schools across the northern state.
“To strengthen our social fabric and guarantee the future, massive investment in education will ensure that we nourish and guide our youth toward better lives.
“Here, I speak not only of their material existence but also their spiritual existence and role as responsible citizens.
“Every child has the right to an education. It is a social wrong to see them roam the streets or drop out due to poverty.
“If allowed to be president, I will appoint a special commission and that commission and I will work with you to craft a lasting solution to the almajiri challenge.
“We will translate the enormous ability of our youth into something productive for them and the nation. They are precious and we must treat them as such, Mr Tinubu told the gathering while conversing for their support.”
The Almajiri, also known as street children, are a threat to Nigeria’s north-west, where a significant proportion of youngsters are not in school.
According to the most recent worldwide data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there are now roughly 20 million uninstructed children in Nigeria.