Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said that the deportation of Almajiri children was an agreement between Governors of the northern region.
El-rufai who spoke on Channels Television noted that the effort helped save a lot of the children who would have died from the virus if they had been left in Kano State.
He also revealed that plans are underway to put an end to the Almajiri system.
“We have repatriated over 30,000 in the North back to their States and we are happy to receive any Almajiri Indigenous to Kaduna State from any other State,” he said.
“The case in Kano is that if these children were not brought to us, they’ll simply have died in Kano. Some of them would survive the disease but you know, the situation.
“Northern Governors didn’t take the decision (to repatriate Almajira) because of COVID-19. COVID-19 only provided us with the opportunity.
“Because COVID-19 has enabled us to know where the Almajiri are and to be able to get them back to their States. We looking for the means and ways to end this system because it has not worked for the children, it has not worked for Northern Nigeria and it has not worked for Nigeria,” he stated.