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YCE, ARG urge vigilance over influx of almajirai to south

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SOUTH-WEST socio-cultural organisations, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) and Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), have challenged the southern governors to exercise enough boldness to reject the influx of the almajirai who were moving in droves to the South following the decision of the northern governors to return them to their various states of origin across the North.

In separate conversations with The Guardian yesterday, Secretary-General of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide and Chairman of ARG, Mr. Wale Oshun, said that the unfortunate discoveries of how the expelled almajirai are being squeezed together with livestock and food items inside trucks and articulated vehicles travelling to southern states despite the Federal Government’s directives on restriction of inter-state movement to contain spread of COVID-19 pandemic was worrisome.

The duo urged the southern governors to be conscious of the insecurity problems allegedly being perpetrated by armed herdsmen across their region and to also have in mind the inherent health danger the vulnerable children are likely going to constitute to the spread of coronavirus pandemic, one of the reasons advanced by the northern governors for taking the decision in the first place.

The YCE scribe said that for more than 50 years now, southern leaders have been calling the attention of North to the potential danger of neglecting the education of their children “but they turned a blind eye because they were using them for rigging elections and also taking advantage of their ignorance to use them as thugs, now they are facing the consequences.”

The YCE, which said Nigeria must take a second look at its system of government and allow each of the federating units to explore and exploit its resources, lambasted political leaders in the South, saying: “Most unfortunately, political leaders in the South-West have been infected with this ineptitude of overlooking the importance of education and other necessary infrastructure.”

Oshun said nobody should condemn the action of the northern governors on the constitution and neither should anyone fault the governors of the south for rejecting the children, especially now that there is health hazards of COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, when contacted for comment, President-General of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Olorogun Moses Taiga, expressed surprise but asked for more time to think for an appropriate response.

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