The monarch said the North was destroying itself by refusing to invest in the future of its children.

He also  said the quota system, which some have argued was skewed in favour of the North, was no longer fashionable.

Yakasai said, “Goodluck Jonathan who was not a northerner considered the Almajiri problem a Nigerian problem; even though the practice is predominantly in the North.

“He took practical steps to find a lasting solution to this problem.

“He built and equipped schools where these children who are roaming the streets will be housed and given Western and Islamic education to make them useful to themselves and  society.

“What has happened to this initiative? We now have a northerner as President and a northerner as Minister of Education, have they even considered fine-tuning this initiative if they find the previous attempt defective?

“We must begin to tell ourselves the truth. Times are changing, we as a people must make the necessary adjustments to change with the times.

“It is not enough to say we have a problem; we must bring solutions and be prepared to take steps to implement these solutions when they are brought forward.”

An  All Progressives Congress leader, Alhaji Abdullahi Jalo, said while federal might  was  important in the search for solutions to the problems in the North, the bulk of the solutions lie with the state governments..

Jalo  said, “We have to consider the fact that we have about 10 or so northern states where this problem is prevalent.

“I know Kano and Kaduna states are doing something to address this challenge. It is a serious problem and to solve it, we need to sensitise the people from the local level because this issue is more cultural than religious.”

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