The Bauchi State Government has banned the Almajiri system of quranic education and religious gatherings in the state as further measures aimed at containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Governor Bala Mohammed announced the ban on Thursday evening in a state wide broadcast, adding that the operation of motorcycles in the state are also banned.
He said: “The almajiri system, which operates through the aggregation and congregation of hundreds of children who beg by day and cluster in large numbers at night may accelerate the spread of coronavirus.
“There is an agreement by northern governors to ban the almajiri system in the region. The almajiri system is hereby banned in the state.”
The Governor however clarified that the ban of the almajiri system is not against Islamic learning but to ensure it does not affect established Islamiyya schools in the state.
Mohammed further explained that the ban on almajiri system was an agreement by the 19 Northern Governors in the region.
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