By BASHIR ADEFAKA, Lagos and IBRAHIM KANOMA, Gusau
The Governor of Zamfara State, His Excellency Hon. Dr. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, “has expressed happiness and gratitude to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala over the emergence of Hafiz Auwal Muhammad Gusau as the National winner of this year’s annual Qur’anic recitation competition organised by the Centre for Islamic Studies, Usman Danfodio U,niversity, Sokoto which held in Kano city of Kano state,” the state Government House Gusau said in a statement sent to The DEFENDER Saturday night.
According to the statement issued Saturday by Yusuf Idris Gusau, the Director General, Media, Public Enlightenment and Communications in the Government House, the Governor said no doubt, Zamfara is the hub of Islamic and Shariah advancement that guarantees free teaching and learning of Islamic knowledge to all and the state is becoming more attractive in showcasing knowledge in Islamic teaching and Qur’anic recitation.
The Shettiman Sokoto further said that, just within the month of March, 2021, the state attained three great feats in this area which include the governor being conferred with the highest honour of Khadimul Qur’anil Hakeen, the hosting of Qur’anic Reciters and now the emergence of an indigene of the state, Hafiz Auwal Muhammad Gusau as the over-all winner of the competition in the whole country.
The DEFENDER reported earlier that the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, presided over this year’s edition of the National Qur’anic Recitation Competition held in Kano and hosted by Kano State Government, during which Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave N2.5 million each to the two winners, male and female categories.
Governor Matawalle said he is proud with the development and he is certain that the good people of the state are happy with the emergence of Hafiz Auwal Muhammad Gusau as the winner of this year’s Qur’anic recitation competition.
Hafiz Auwal Muhammad Gusau is the 3rd Zamfara indigene to become winner of the national Qur’anic recitation competition, the first and second being Hafiz Murtala Aliyu Dabbagi at Bauchi in 2006 and Hafiz Faisal Muhammad Awwal at Ilorin in Kwara State.
The Governor assured of his administration’s continued interest in giving top priority to the teaching and learning of the Holy Qur’an in the state.
He also commended the state Musabiqa Committee under the leadership of Alhaji Ibrahim Ruwan Doruwa for the good coaching given to this year’s Zamfara contigent which include discipline, neatness, good mannerisms and total dedication which have earned the state the victory at the just concluded National Qur’an recitation competition.