Malam Nuhu Ribadu, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is of the belief that the northern region of Nigeria is the most backward in the whole world.
Ribadu who was speaking at the launch of two books, ‘Sect and Social Order’ and ‘Quranic Schools in Northern Nigeria‘ by Abdul Rafau Mustapha and Hannah Hoechner in Abuja, described the Almajiri system as practised in the region as the worst form of abuse of human rights.
“I am from Yola; we have a similar culture with Kaduna, Kano, but we don’t have Almajiri. What is happening? We are also Muslims. There are lots of areas where we have similar things. Which education are we talking about? These are some things that are incredible and you don’t know where to start,” Ribadu said.
“There is no worse, in the form of violation and abuse of rights more than the Almajiri system, yet people are justifying it comfortably calling themselves as products of it.
I think we have to look at it crucially otherwise we will continue to go in that direction that we will not be able to solve her problems.
We are the most backward people in this world, the society of northern Nigeria. Look at all the indices in the world today, we are the worst, why? How can we continue to deny ourselves our future?”