FEDERAL government has been called upon to prioritize the welfare of almajiris in the country.

The call was made by the Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education, CHRICED, in Abuja at the official launch of a report on prospects of combating forced child begging in Nigeria.

Almajiranci is a system of Islamic education practiced in Northern Nigeria that promotes child begging.

Available data shows that ten million out of the estimated fifteen million out of school Nigerian children are Almajirai, with over three hundred thousand of them living in Kano State.

CHRICED’s Executive Director, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, said the group is focusing on ways to combat forced child begging in the country.

Dayo Olaide, a board member, said democracy in Nigeria will fail, if the circle of forced child begging is not broken.

On its part, Amnesty International, AI, has called on the federal government to prioritise the rights of young children in Nigeria.

Hunger is the primary driver of forced child begging, and to combat the menace, intense sensitization is required.