Three indigenes of Yobe State emerged victorious at the African Quranic Recitation Competition held in Kenya recently.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the winners, Mohammad Abdullahi, Sadiq Ibrahim and Aisha Abdulmutalib, came first each in different categories of the competition.
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The state’s Chairman, Quranic Recitation Competition, Alhaji Lawan Shettima, said the competition in Kenya was organised by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and that the winners were part of the 10 Nigerian representatives in the competition.
He said by this feat, the winners had qualified to participate in the upcoming global Quranic recitation competition at a later date in Dubai.
Shettima dedicated the victory to the Mala-Buni administration for its numerous and sustainable support to Quranic education.
Governor Buni, at a symbolic presentation of certificates to the winners in Damaturu, said they had made the state and Nigeria proud.
“Not only did they acquire the certificates, the recitation made by them were adjudged to be the exact recitation revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) right from inception,” he said.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Baba Wali, the governor said the victory further confirmed that “Yobe is the cradle of Islamic knowledge.
“Since the Kanem Borno Empire, Yobe had been one of the renown centres of learning.
“The headquaters of Kanem Borno Empire was in Birnin Gazargamu, now in Yunusari Local Government Area, therefore, the history of Yobe and Islam in Nigeria are inseparable.”