Ahead of its 14th Annual National Conference, Women in Da’awa, a Muslim group, on Thursday called for the restructuring of the Almajiri system of education in tune with current realities in the country.
The group also called for concerted efforts at addressing the myriads of challenges facing the country.
National president of the group, Maryam Idris-Othman, made the appeal at a press briefing in Kaduna on activities lined up for the conference which was expected to be attended by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, as well as and wives of some state governors.
“We call on the government at all levels to intensify efforts at addressing challenges threatening our communities, rekindling hope in the populace and providing opportunities to actualise them.
“We especially call for the restructuring of almajiri schools, to give all children a chance in living purposeful lives.
“We call on the citizens to fulfil their obligations to Allah in word and deed by imbibing noble citizenship values, excellent communal relations, community development and contributing to the betterment of their own societies.
“As Muslims, we are expected to be shining examples in doing well and enjoining it. We should revive that,” she said.
She also urged Nigerians “to connect with their purpose in life, commit to individual and collective contribution to the betterment of society and inspire and symbolise positive change for the betterment and empowerment of our future generations.”
On the three-day conference, Idris-Othman said it would showcase lectures, discussions, meetings and a youth session.
Among scholars scheduled to participate are Dr Muhammad Sulaiman-Jos, Dr Bashir Umar-Aliyu, Sheikh Muhammad Bn Uthman, Dr Mansur Ibrahim-Sokoto, Dr Jabir Sani-Maihula, Dr Mansur Yalwa and Prof. Bello Dogarawa.
She said the conference would begin on Saturday in Kaduna with Governor Nasir El-Rufai as chief host.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Women in Da’awah is an umbrella group of Muslim Women Organisations involved in education, enlightenment, outreach, empowerment and advocacy on women and general family issues in Nigeria.
It is a registered organisation established in 2003 with the overall goal of ensuring the spiritual, moral, economic and psycho-social well-being of members and the entire community.