By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Northern governors’ have emerged decisive against the social menace of destitution and street begging in the region with Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state urging common approach of governors in the region to ban the menace.
Tambuwal spoke in Sokoto Monday night,explaining that the issue which has become endemic in the region was being discussed at the Northern Governors’ Forum to find a possible lasting solution.
He pointed out that Islam abhors begging.
The governor noted that the almajiri syndrome was alarming especially in the core north” unless we rise to the social challenge it will continue to thrive with negative consequence on the future of kids being used which made so many of them see it as a lucrative business”, he said.
According to him” We are doing everything possible in Sokoto in collaboration with the Sultanate Council and other scholars, clerics and traditional rulers to tackle the menace.”
He said the menace was quite disturbing, though noted that Islam encouraged helping one another particularly the needy, neighbour but did not encourage begging.
Tambuwal said” some of them have investments else where from the proceeds they get in token amounts.
” Most annoying thing is that they see us as fools for giving them. It has to be stopped”, he stressed.