By Our Reporter
Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has called on Islamic scholars to pray for God to intervene in order to bring an end to the challenges of insecurity across the country.
Engineer Sule made the call during the opening ceremony of the 23rd annual National Quranic recitation competition organized by the Jama’atul Izalatul Bid’ah Wa Ikamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS) on Sunday, in Lafia.
The governor stressed that Islamic scholars should not relent in their continued prayers for the success of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
“I was opportune to travel to the US with the President and his major preoccupation is how to end the needless killings across the country, how the people can live in peace with one another.
“President Buhari only thinks of what should be done to bring development to our country. It’s only appropriate to call on scholars to pray for the country for God to bring to an end challenges of insecurity across the country. Our country is in need of prayers,” Engineer Sule said.
The governor, who mounted the pulpit to deliver a sermon, cited copiously from the Holy Quran, as well as the traditions of the Holy Prophet, to stress the importance of acquiring knowledge in Islam.
While showing appreciation for the organizers of the event for choosing Lafia as venue, Engineer Sule announced a personal donation of a car and various sums of cash prizes for winners that will emerge at the end of the Quranic recitation competition.
Specifically, Engineer Sule announced a car as first prize, sums of N500, 000, N450, 000, N300, 000 and N250, 000 as cash prizes for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th runners-up respectively.
Earlier, in an opening remark, National Chairman Ulama’u Council of JIBWIS, Sheik Sani Yahaya Jingir, commended past and present leaders of Nasarawa State for ensuring there is unity of purpose, which he said, has led to the state recording unprecedented pace of development.
Sheik Jingir noted that successive administrations in the state, since the inception of the first civilian governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, to the immediate past governor, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, have laid solid foundations based on trust, fairness and prudent management of resources, with the incumbent now building on their solid foundation.
The Islamic cleric challenged other states in the country to emulate Nasarawa State where he said, all the past and present leaders have resolved to remain united and to collectively work for the benefit of the state and people.
“In Nasarawa, there is no acrimony between one former governor or the other. Other states should emulate this. Successive governments have built on the foundation of their predecessors. This has fastened development in the state,” he stated.
Sheik Jingir used the opportunity to call on Muslim faithful to acquire knowledge, both Islamic and western, as according to him, Islam as a religion, was built on the foundation of knowledge.
According to the Uztaz Aminu Yusuf Nuhu, National Coordinator of the Quranic recitation competition, disclosed that the competition was first started in Saudi Arabia forty years ago, with the aim of encouraging recitation of the complete Quran and understanding its teachings, especially among youths, among others.
Uztaz Nuhu further disclosed that 144 participants have so far registered to participate in the one-week event, with 23 states from across the country, as well as Benin Republic and Niger, taking part in the competition.
The opening ceremony which held at the Lafia Square has in attendance, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, members of the House of Representatives from the state, members of the state House of Assembly, traditional rulers led by the Emir of Lafia, HRH Justice Sidi Bage, local government chairmen, among others,