Islamic scholar and renowned leader, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has said that the Almajiri system is a creation of the traditional institution, adding that to eliminate it, it would require a drastic action.
Gunmi stated this in a recent interview where he disagreed with Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi’s position that men should not marry more than one wife if they cannot take care of them.
He explained that poor men who are into polygamy are doing community services saying they helped to reduce prostitution.
Gunmi said, “I am surprised the Emirs and traditional rulers are talking about this. The traditional institution needs to be phased out. If you do that, almajiri will be phased out too. How do you explain that if you go to the Emir of Kano’s palace, you are expected to bow down. If you go to the White House, will you bow down to Mr Donald Trump who has nuclear weapons in his hands?
“If you go to Kano now, the common man is expected to bow down to the Emir. Is that not a humiliation of human beings? What are they talking about? Our religion is against bowing down to human beings. You only bow down to God. They are misinterpreting the religion and putting blames wrongly on the religion. If you want to modernise Nigeria, let’s phase out traditional rulers, Emirs and all of that. We will have a more robust leadership by election. This is what Islam is saying: affairs is by consultations and by agreements. Nobody imposes himself as an Emir.”