A Cry for Nigeria's Children

A Cry for Nigeria's Children

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Nigerian Mothers started this petition to Muhammed Buhari (The President of Nigeria) and

Where is our collective responsibility? Where is our shame? Nigerian mothers cry for our children. The level of destitution of Nigeria’s Almajiri children makes them a ready army for Boko Haram and other insurgency groups. Begging bowls in hand, thousands of them roam the streets of Northern Nigeria, hungry, neglected and seeking alms. We Nigerian mothers cry for our children to be rescued. This abuse must cease.

The ancient Almajiri system of education is grounded in elemental Islamic teachings and philosophy. In contrast with its noble origins and intentions, it is no longer operating to protect and nurture our children. Today, Almajirai have become synonymous with abandoned, hungry and forsaken children; prisoners of a neglected, failing system, roaming the streets begging, or engaging in criminal activity. 

We demand education reform. In line with the Almajiri Child’s Right Initiative (ACRI) we call on the government to set up a multi-stakeholder task force to overhaul the school system in Northern Nigeria to support the Almajirai. In addition, Nigeria’s western education system and vocational training must also be revamped and adequately resourced. 

Our Government must strive to eradicate illiteracy.

We demand accountability for our country's wealth from our leaders and all those to whom we have given our mandate. The misuse and abuse of our commonwealth, and the magnitude of corruption that we see in Nigeria in the face of the dire existential circumstances our children are in is tragic, and must be denounced by all.  It must stop. We ask for prosecution and punishment of all who steal, embezzle, and mismanage public funds. 

We launch the Allah Ya Isa Campaign, to call on all our leaders to respect the law. If they fail to do so, and believe that they do not need God’s favour, they must certainly fear His wrath. For every Kobo that they misappropriate or misuse that deprives a Nigerian child of a meal, a bed, and access to a classroom, we say Allah Ya Isa. This clarion call is to every person of conscience to call those leaders to order, and with us, affirm the Almighty as the final arbiter of all human situations.

We ask that you sign this petition in support of our cry as well as translate the clarion call into all the languages that you know:

#FearTheWrathOfGod  #AllahYaIsa  #OlorunADaSeria  #TuoEgwuIweChukwu 


  1. Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode
  2. Fatima Akilu
  3. Aisha Umar 
  4. Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome 
  5. Ada Ngozi Maduakoh 
  6. Modupe Oni 
  7. Abiola Afolabi-Akiyode
  8. Hadiza Baffa Habib
  9. Yemisi Wada
  10. Hafsat Abiola-Costello
  11. Yagana Kingibe 
  12. Sutura Bello
  13. Bisola Longe 
  14. Solape Epega 
  15. Binta Dhako
  16. Ete Harriman
  17. Ayodeji Fadugba
  18. Iyom Josephine Anenih
  19. Mary Ikoku
  20. Peyi Soyinka Airewele
  21. Hauwa Imam
  22. Yemi Adamolekun
  23. Agatha Osieke
  24. Leila St Mathew Daniels 
  25. Magdalyne Dura
  26. Yinka Shokunbi
  27.  Saida Bugaje
  28. Adebanke Akinrimisi
  29. Kadaria Ahmed
  30. Ier Jonathan
  31. Asmau Leo
  32. Anthonia Duru
  33. Abimbola Junaid
  34. Rita Ilevbare
  35. Josephine Effah-Chukwuma 
  36. Moji Makanjuola
  37. Dorothy Njemanze
  38. Princess Jumai Idonije
  39. Aderonke Bello
  40. Ireti Bakare Yusuf
  41. Halima Abubakar
  42. Dudu Manuga 
  43. Osai Ojigho
  44. Adaobi Egboka
  45. Oluyemisi Obilade
  46. Irene Awunah
  47. Bose Ironsi
  48. Hafsat Abiola-Costello
  49. Ejiro Otive-Igbuzor
  50. Inimfon Etuk
  51. Grace Atim
  52. Ebere Nfendu
  53. Olufunke Adesuwa Akiyode
  54. Bukola Osidibo
  55. Sa'ida Sa'ad
  56. Ayodele Atsenuwa
  57. Julie Oyegun
  58. Subomi Chukwu
  59. Ayisha Osori
  60. Hadiza Baffa
  61. Rasheeda Saleh
  62. Patricia Donli, Gender Equality, Peace and Development Centre (GEPaDC)
  63. Ndi Kato, Dirindari Foundation 
  64. Bukola Shonibare, Girl Child Africa
  65. Betty Abah, CEE-HOPE Foundation
  66. Ngozi Iwere, CLP Reclaim Naija
  67. Bunmi Oyinsan, Equality Through Education Foundation (ETEF)
  68. Action Aid Nigeria
  69. Joy Onyesoh Foundation
  70. Fame Foundation
  71. Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center 
  72. Center for Women's Health and Information (CEWHIN) 
  73. Women for Women Foundation
  74. Partners for West Africa - Nigeria
  75. Education as a Vaccine 
  76. CWEENS
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