By Bashir Bello
KATSINA – The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alh. Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Friday told Islamic leaders not to compromise or fail to tell the leaders at all cadres the truth for fear of favouritism, materialism and worldly things.
Alh, Abubakar stated this at the opening ceremony of the 32nd National Qur’anic recitation competition organized by Centre for Islamic Studies, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and hosted by the Katsina State.
The Sultan represented by the Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumini Kabir Usman called on the Islamic leaders to discharge their duties of preaching the words of God without love for worldly things.
The Sultan said the competition should not be seen as that to win hajj seats among other prizes only but that to imbibe the teachings of the Holy Qur’an.
Similarly, the Guest Speaker and Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede frown at the gap that exist between the Muslims and the teachings of the Holy Qur’an saying the people don’t practice the teachings of the Qur’an.
Represented by a Professor of Arabic from University of Ibadan, Professor Hafiz Oladosu, Oloyede said the competition should provide an avenue to inculcate the teachings of Qur’anic education.
However, the Governor of Katsina, Aminu Bello Masari said his administration has committed huge resources in the Islamic education upon realization that the Islamic education needs serious attention.
“It is the conviction of this administration that Islamic education deserves serious attention. And we have therefore committed huge resources towards the advancement of Islamic Education. The government is considering an amendment into Islamic education bureau law with a view to reposition to regulate the operation of the Islammiyya and Tsangaya schools in the state.
“This is to ensure minimum standards is provided for conducive learning and provide grounds for both Islammiya and Tsangaya schools that qualifies the standards.
“The quest to instill Quran education and teaching among the youths in Nigeria and Katsina is yielding results,” Governor Masari however said.
Earlier, the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee, LOC, Justice Musa Danladi said it has made all arrangement towards ensuring a hitch free competition.
Meanwhile, 29 states out of 33 states and FCT were said to have arrived Katsina for the competition.