By Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Parents have been told to be of good observance of the attitudes of and behaviours of their children.
Speaking during the closing of the 31st Annual Qur’anic Recitation competition in Jos on Sunday, Bauchi State Governor, Muhammad Abubakar, who featured as the special guest of honour at the occasion, said the lessons learnt from the Qur’an are impacting positively on the people, most especially the youth.
The governor was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the State’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, Muhammad Auwal, who noted that the lessons learnt from Qur’an recitation are impacting positively because, if not for its impact, the spate of drug abuse will have tripled among the youth.
He donated the sum N1m to support the competition in preparation for the forthcoming national competition in Katsina State.
Speaking also, the Plateau State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Dayyabu Garga, stated that there is need for the spreading of Qur’anic recitation.
He said Qur’anic recitation will help in maintaining peace and peaceful living in Nigeria.
On local government polls, however, he added that there is the need for peaceful conduct of the elections by the people of the state, saying, “security is every body’s business and concern,” and called on the people and journalists to aid security by giving out vital information that will help curb the activities of criminals and arms stocking.
Our correspondent reports that at the end of the event, the overall winner went to Anas Thahir, who scored 87 points, and is to represent Plateau State at the annual national competition scheduled for Katsina State.
Also at the event, Director-General of Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, Malam Yakubu Ibn Muhammad, urged parents to be of good upbringing to their children, adding that, there is the need for parents, particular Muslims, to inculcate in their children the knowledge of the Qur’an.
Represented by zonal director NTA Jos network center, Malam Nurrudeed Adesuna Idris, the DG said, “The importance of Qur’an cannot be overemphasized,” and urged parents to encourage children and wards to learn and interpret the Qur’an.