By Usman Usman Garba
Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said that it becomes mandatory to teach children morality and how to recite the Glorious Qur’an in the state.
He stated this recently at Fagge Islamic Centre, Kurna Asabe, during an Inter-Local Government Qur’anic Recitation Competition which Ganduje Foundation organised in all the 44 local government areas in the state.
The competition was among the many areas the foundation takes responsibility when it comes to the issue of religion and people’s walfare in the state.
“This Qur’anic recitation (Musabaqat) is organized in order to encourage, strengthen and inculcate Qur’anic reading to followers, as Kano has a lot of religious learned men compared to other states in the country.
“It is through this that our state will maintain its position; and in order to make this reality, also, we must impart morality among our children and also work hard for learning Qur’an by heart,” he cautioned.
Dr. Ganduje congratulated all the participants for having such opportunity to engage into reading of the Glorious Book, adding that: “You are all winners. In reading Qur’an, there is no loser. It is not only the champions that make it alone; all of you make it. Reading Qur’an is success itself.”
Qur’anic recitation under the foundation has for long been assisting in moulding youths to read it and engage into competition within the state and beyond.
“Musabaqat under Ganduje Foundation is a school on itself which trains and gives youths opportunity to learn Qur’an and become famous during competition in our dear country,” the governor stressed.
He thanked parents for allowing their children to join the foundation programme as well as its members who devoted time for organising such competitions.
He also commended the state Ulama, Emirs and all people who contributed immensely for the development of the Musabaqat in the state.
On his part, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, represented by Dan Ammar, Alhaji Aliyu Harazimi, commended the efforts of the governor by initiating the foundation for more than 40 years since before he became the governor of the state.
He also described Ganduje as a “great leader” who devoted his entire life in assisting people in different aspects of life, and also sponsoring many Islamic programmes in radio and television stations.
At the end of the event, various awards were distributed to the champions in order to motivate others to emulate them.