Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Those who are conversant with the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s stance on the menace posed by almjiranci in Nigeria’s far north won’t be too shocked at the screaming headline here. He has long held very strong views against the poor having more wives and children than they can cater for thereby putting those children at risk of a low standard of living and in harm’s way.
So certainly it was no wonder that on Thursday the 20th of February 2020 the Emir again re-iterated his stand on the issue and further suggested stringent measures such as incarceration for negligent parents. Emir Sanusi spoke at a conference jointly organized by Future Assured initiative (an NGO owned by Nigeria’s First Lady, Haj. Aisha Buhari) and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
The challenge of out of school children and street begging by minors in the far north is a menace of frightening proportions. The culture of almajiranci which was initially aimed at sending children to Islamic scholars to be taught the tenets of the faith has since been grossly abused leaving children, sometimes as young as three, out in the streets with no care.