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Buni declares open 38 national Qur’anic Recitation Competition in Yobe



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By Bala Dauda, Damaturu


Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Friday declared open the 38th National Qur’anic Recitation Competition in Damaturu, Yobe.
Speaking at the occasion, Buni noted that his administration had a strong desire to promote the recitation of the Holy Qur’an to earn the pleasure of Allah.
He said the state would continue to support efforts toward spreading and encouraging the correct recitation of the Qur’an in both formal and informal schools.
The governor said his decision to sign a bill for the establishment of Hisbah Commission to check the menace of social vices was in line with the teachings of the Holy Quran.
He charged the judges of the competition to guided by the virtues of fairness, humility, brotherhood and mutual respect.
Buni also called on the organisers of the competition to ensure success of the competition by strictly adhering to the rules governing it.
In his remarks, the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam, noted that Yobe was a “ cultural home for recitation of the Qur’an, the ultimate guide to mankind.
“ Damaturu remains the cradle of Qur’anic recitation since time immemorial,” he said.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, said the knowledge of the Qur’an cuts across various fields of studies, including science, astronomy, technology, law and order.
Represented by the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn-Umar Garbai, Abubakar commended the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, for organising the all-important event.
Earlier at a news conference, the state Commissioner, Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, said no fewer than 296 persons will participate in the competition.
He said the event would be organised by Musabaqa Foundation for Qur’anic Recitation in Nigeria, Centre for Islamic Studies, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, and hosted by Yobe.
“There will be a total of 296 participants from across 36 states of the federation and Abuja, 74 coordinators and assistant coordinators for the 36 states of the federation.
“There are 57 members of the national organising committee, including judges who will be there to judge participants’ performances.
“We have 37 matrons, who will make sure the female participants are well taken care of,” he explained.
Bego, who is also the member of the Publicity Sub-Committee of the competition, said the competition would be in four categories.
He said the first category was the memorisation of 60 parts or divisions (hizb) of the Qur’an with interpretation ( tafseer).
The commissioner said the second category was the memorisation of 60 parts of the Qur’an, without tafseer, while the third and fourth categories were memorisation of certain parts of the Qur’an.

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