Winners have emerged in the 17th edition of the biennial Lagos Qur’an Competition, popularly known as ReciteLagos, organised by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit.
The competition was held in honour of the pioneer president of MSSN and the former Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, the late Dr AbdulLateef Adegbite.
Winners of the 20 Juz category are AbdulQuadri Atukale (Somolu Area Council) who emerged first; Umar Muhammad (Ikorodu), second; Bilal Abdurasheed (Iba), third.
In the 20 Juz category (individual) for females, Abidah Tajudeen, emerged first while Mu’minah Bello came second.
12-year-old Bashir Tukur from Ifelodun came first in the keenly contested Juz three category, defeating Haroon Abubakar from Otto Awori and Yusuf Saeed from Apapa who emerged second and third respectively.
In the female category of Juz three, impressive Asmau Bello from Lagos Mainland took the first position while Hawau Isa, Agboyi Ketu, came second and IrodatuLlah Abideen, Iba, clinched third.
Amir (president), Miftahudeen Thanni, said the theme of the competition, ‘Qur’an, the making of a great nation’, was chosen to emphasise that Nigeria’s challenges are summontable.
“Islam is a complete religion that has solutions for all problems. Obviously, there is a need for divine intervention in the affairs of the country,” he added.
Chairman of the occasion, Mr Tunde Folawiyo, commended the youths for memorising Qur’an.
Reacting, one of the winners, 12-year-old Bashir Tukur said he was impressed with the impartiality of the judges.