The annual Quranic recitation competition organised by the Center for Islamic Studies of the Usman Dan Fodio University has been declared open by the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum.
Governor Zulum, the chairman of the occasion, described the efforts of Zamfara State Governor in hosting this year’s competition in spite of biting economic reality, as a very commendable one.
Zulum extolled the good virtues of Governor Matawalle whom he said deserved the title he bears, “Khadimul Quran.”
“The sheer drive towards enduring efforts done to promote the Quran among the youth is an indication that the state governor’s commitment to the government and people of Zamfara State was for the wellbeing of the society,” he said.
He believes that the myriad of challenges facing the country today can be eased if the citizens embrace the teachings of the Quran. He subsequently donated the sum of N10 million for the successful conduct of the one-week-long event.
In his remark as the chief host of the event, Governor Matawalle outlined the importance of the competition which he said included the translation of the words of Allah into practice.
He said that the importance of the Quran in the lives of Muslims and the guidance it serves are the major takeaways one should expect from the conduct of the event and thereafter.
Governor Matawalle commended the Local Organising Committee for a well-organised event, calling on participants not to see the competition as an affront to one another but as a service to humanity.
Earlier, the chairman of the LOC, the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Hassan Mohammed Gusau said the competition was made possible with the total support of Governor Bello Mohammed.
He commended the cooperation of the people of the state and the hard work of his team to realise a hitch-free event, assuring of a free and fair event and a memorable one.
The Vice Chancellor of Usman Dan Fodio University, Professor Bilbis also commended the government of Zamfara State for hosting this year’s competition which he said is an indication of the readiness of the state to continue uplifting the status of the book of Allah.
He called on competitors to consider their participation as a contribution to the promotion of the virtue of the Quran.
In a short remark, the royal father of the day, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Garbai Al-Amin El-Kanemi described the annual competition as a unifying factor among Nigerian Muslims, calling on Muslims to apply the teachings of the Quran in their daily lives.
The Guest Speaker, Sheikh Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari, commended Governor Matawalle, describing him as a governor who came to power in the state at a very difficult time.
He spoke on the need to protect the centres of quranic studies across the Islamic communities in the country, advocating for compulsory contribution to an endowment for the upkeep of such Islamic centres and also the vulnerable by all state governors.
Professor Maqari also advocated for certification, drawing and adoption of a modern curriculum for the informal and semiformal Quranic centres spread across the Islamic communities in the country.