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Lawmaker wants Buhari to halt the repatriation of Almajiri children

Members of the House of Representatives have called on the Federal Government to intervene and immediately halt the repatriation of the Almajiri children to their states of origin.

This formed part of the resolutions of the lawmakers during Tuesday’s plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

They made the call following a motion sponsored by a member of the House, Aishatu Dukku.

According to Dukku, the repatriation of Almajiria children is against the fundamental human rights of any Nigerian to reside in any part of the country.

She also expressed concern over the mode of transportation the children were subjected to.

The lawmaker described it as dehumanising, stressing that the children were packed into a vehicle in the scorching sun.

The House also resolved to urge the Northern governors to ensure that the Almajiri children were captured in the Universal Basic and Technical Education System.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje Monday, called on his counterparts in the north to avoid ‘making noise’ about COVID-19 positive Almajiri kids and rather give them necessary care.

NewsWireNGR recalls that the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, had said that 65 out of the 169 almajiris brought back to the state have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The governor said this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television Flagship Programme, Politics Today.

Speaking to newsmen, The governor disclosed that the decision to return Almajiri children to their respective states of origin is a collective one agreed upon by all northern governors as a measure of tackling COVID-19 but his colleagues have been playing politics with the situation.

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