Council of Ulama slams Ganduje over ban on street begging, criticises ‘govt insincerity’

The Kano Council of Ulamas has challenged the decision of the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje regarding the ban on street begging; insisting such policy should not emanate through mere pronouncement.

Ganduje on Wednesday, February 26, declared street begging illegal; and ordered the arrest of any child beggar in the state.

Ganduje who spoke while unveiling basic education distribution services as part of an integrated policy of free education for Almajiri; also threatened to charge parents of such child beggars to court.

However, the chairman of the council, Ibrahim Khalil challenged Ganduje’s policy during an interview.

Khalil insisted the government lacks the political will to enforce the plan.

The cleric further explained that empirical evidence on banning of street begging has clearly shown lack of sincerity of purpose; added that Ganduje’s pronouncement will no less amount to a waste of time and resources.

The Islamic scholar had challenged the state government to rather address the major cause of child beggar in Kano; instead of imposing a policy that may not stand the test of time.

Khalil also alleged that the Kano state government was rather in rush to take action on Almajiris to appease international donors for monetary gains.

“The main problem is that the policy will not last just like what pass government did. Even the government that says it has barred begging is not serious about it. It will ban it and after a while it will return.

“Just like the Hausa saying ‘The king’s instruction last only seven days’. For me, I think the steps by which begging could effectively be banned are not followed at all by Governor Ganduje.

“The right steps to follow in banning street begging include firstly, the Quranic clerics involved have to be identified. Because there are street beggars who are Quranic students; there are beggars who are sent by their parents, there are also physically challenged individuals.”

Khalid, however, revealed he is not opposed to the government decision.

He further explained that for the policy to work effectively; the government must involve local Quranic clerics to understand the statistics and why the children engage in begging.

Ng daily

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