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Emir of Kano condemns relegation of Almajiri system

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Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, has expressed concern that several years after Nigeria’s Independence, the country has failed to accord due recognition to the Islamic system of education.

Sanusi spoke at the launch of a Hausa Ducu-drama (Duniya Juyi Juyi) on Almajiri System of Education held at the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Research and Training, Kano at the weekend.

The film was produced by a German national, Ms Hannah Hoechner, who also launched a book on “Qur’anic Schools in Northern Nigeria”.

The monarch was worried that Qur’anic scholars are treated less than their counterparts in other fields of knowledge while their pupils are regarded as ‘Out of School Children’ by the society.

“No matter the number of books you read in Arabic or through the Almajir System as long as it is not through English, you are an illiterate according to the Nigeria system” he lamented.

The emir argued that since the definition of literacy is the ability to read and write, Almajiri scholars and their pupils should be recognized as literate scholars, having fulfilled these requirements.

He maintained that these pupils and their teachers could read and write in Arabic or Ajani (Hausa writing in Arabic text), while adding that the Almajiri System of Education has been in existence for the past 500 – 600 years.

“Even Emir Muhammadu Rumfa of Kano used to send people to Borno and Mauritania to learn quoranic education and Islamic jurisprudence” he recalled.

While not undermining the position of English language in Nigeria, he appealed to Northern governors to emulate countries such as Malaysia, China and Egypt, who teach courses such as Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture and other critical courses in their respective local languages.

The author of the book in her remarks, said that the book was extracted from her PhD thesis adding that the production process of the docu – drama was done by Almajiris between July and October 2011 on Thursdays and Fridays (School free days).



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Kogi decides: ‘This is helicopter election’ – Senator Dino Melaye rejects result, reveals how APC rigged

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Dino Melaye, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Kogi West Senatorial candidate, has described Saturday’s election as an ‘helicopter election.’

The lawmaker who spoke to Channels TV, said the result released by INEC is ‘fictitious.

Rejecting the results of the election, Melaye added that the election was marred by massive violence and rigging.

He said, “The innovation is that what we had is what I have christened ‘Helicopter election’. For the first time, rigging has been advanced to the level that now the use of a helicopter in perpetuating this electoral atrocity manifested yesterday.

“Helicopter hovering around Polling units in Lokoja, dropping bullets on innocent, harmless citizens and electorate; and as I speak, yesterday, teargas being fired from this helicopter.

“Despite the fact that this helicopter was used in harassing, intimidating and firing innocent electorates, the votes of those places were carted away and taken to the government house, stuffed and brought back to the collation centre and they have been accepted and admitted and collation is ongoing.

“They brought mayhem on my own community and even killed my nephew, we are waiting to see what INEC will do, but I reject in totality, this fictitious result and I want to say that all these are not about the election, it is about Dino Melaye.”

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Kogi Decides 2019: Dino Melaye’s nephew dies after sustaining gunshot wounds

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Senator Dino Melaye has announced the death of his nephew, Olorunjuwon, who was shot by unknown gunmen at his polling unit during the Saturday’s election.

Melaye and Senator Smart Adeyemi are engaged in a fresh battle of who emerges the Kogi West senatorial district representative.

The Kogi West senatorial district election was held alongside the governorship election in the State yesterday. The winner is yet to be announced.

Melaye came out on Sunday morning to announce the death of Olorunjuwon after sustaining gunshot wounds at his polling unit on Saturday.

Dino Melaye announced this on his Twitter page Sunday morning saying: “My nephew Olorunjuwon who was shot at my pooling unit yesterday died this morning.

“My brother your death is a Supreme sacrifice in the struggle for the liberation of our people. Rest in peace aburo… So sad.”

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Kogi decides 2019: Live Results from Collation Centres

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Results of the governorship election have started coming in from collation Centers in the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi State.

AREWA.NG reports that over 20 political parties presented candidates for the election.

However, many would expect the result to go either the way of the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, David Lyon or Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Follow this thread for results as being announced by INEC Collation officials at Local Government headquarters.

Okehi LGA

A: 02
AAC: 08
AD: 13
ADC: 67
ADP: 19
ANRP: 16
APC: 36954
APGA: 43
GDPN: 04
GPN: 01
HDP: 00
JMPP: 03
MAJA: 02
NCP: 09
PDP: 487
PPN: 17
PPP: 19
PRP: 03
SDP: 3095
NCP: 12
PDP: 139
PPN: 14
PPP: 15
PRP: 25
SDP: 50
UDP: 4
UPC: 3
YDP: 10
YPP: 6
ZLP: 1
APM: 26

UDP: 52
UPC: 02
YDP: 05
YPP: 02
ZLP: 0
APM: 25

LG Collation Officer:
Prof Ugoh Sylvanus Chukwudi

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