President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged Nigerians to remained committed to promoting unity and peaceful co-existence towards the sustainable development of the country.
Buhari, who made the call at the closing ceremony of the 32nd National Qur’anic Recitation Competition held in Katsina, Katsina State, challenged Muslim faithful on the need to be guided by the teachings of the Qur’an, not just reciting them.
The president, who was represented by the minister of state for aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, described the Qur’an as a comprehensive way of life and enjoined Muslims to read and adhere to it for everlasting guidance.
On his part, Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, lamented that 10 million out of over 13 million out-of-school children in Nigeria were Almajirai who have potentialities, saying they should not be allowed to waste away.
“The solution lies not in abolishing the system but more in improving it based on present-day realities. We must articulate comprehensive, practical and workable blueprint on reform of Almajiri system,” said Masari.
He also noted that his administration had resolved to tackle poverty and care for the vulnerable members of the society by institutionalising Zakat and Awqaf through an executive bill now before the state House of Assembly.
In his address, the chairman of the competition’s Local Organising
Committee, Justice Musa Danladi, called on the Muslim youths and Ummah from no fewer than 32 states of the federation to adhere to the lessons they learnt during the competition.
Dignitaries at ceremony chaired by Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, included the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, and several tradition rulers across the north.
One Abdulganiyu Aminu from Katsina State emerged the overall winner in the male category while Amina Aliyu Mohammed from Borno State won in the female category in the nine-day competition.
No fewer than a dozen brand new cars, about 24 tricycles and over 30 motorcycles given out as prizes to winners in the six categories of the competition.
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