President Buhari preaches peace, urges understanding of Quran

President Buhari preaches peace, urges understanding of Quran

- President Buhari says understanding the Holy books in the Quran would teach Nigerians peaceful coexistence

- He noted that even in the Quran, Muslims and Christians lived together in peace in Ethiopia at a point in time

- A 20-year-old man Yunusa took home the first prize at the 2018 National Quranic Recitation Competition were the president spoke through a representative

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to understand that all the Holy Books revealed by Allah preach peaceful coexistence among people.

Buhari stated this on Saturday, March 3 in Katsina at the closing ceremony of the 32nd National Qur’anic Recitation Competition.

’All the Books of Almighty Allah teaches us same thing, that is how to live in peace with one another.

‘’It is clear that Quran is the greatest encyclopedia which contains all aspects of human life.

‘’Quran teaches us how to be fair and just to all including the non-Muslims.

‘’It has also been stated that during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad, Peace be Upon Him, when Muslims were being persecuted, he asked them to migrate to a Christian Kingdom in Ethiopia, where they lived peacefully,’’ he said.

The President was represented by Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika.

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He said that the Quran should not be used as a decoration in houses, hence the need for reflecting on the teachings contained therein.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Qur’anic recitation competition is an annual event organized to select those who will represent the country at the international competition.

The 2019 edition of the competition would hold in Gombe state.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man Amiru Yunusa from Bauchi state, has emerged the overall winner of the 32nd Qur’anic Recitation Competition held in Katsina.

Similarly, Amina Ahmad from Borno state also emerged overall winner of the female category.

Dr Sani Yunus Birnin-Tudu, the National Coordinator of the Qur’anic Recitation Competition, announced the result of the competition.

The coordinator said that the winners competed for the memorization of the whole Quran with Arabic translation.

He said that 360 participants from 32 states of the federation took part in the competition.

Birnin-Tudu said that the two young Qur’anic reciters in the male and female category emerged victorious at the end of the week-long event.

Birnin-Tudu said that the winners would go home with brand new cars, digital Quran, laptop and N500,00 cash prize each, among others.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that winners in the other five categories of the competition were also given cars.

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, the organizers of the competition, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, commended the Katsina State Government for hosting the hitch-free competition.

Zuru said that the competition recorded an increase of 2.7 per cent in states' participation when compared to 2017.

Recall that reported earlier that President Muhammadu Buhari says the attack on humanitarian workers in Rann, Borno state, more than ever shows Boko Haram insurgents as godless, brutish, and utterly to be despised. "As I have always maintained, no true religion advocates hurting the innocent.

"To now further attack and kill those offering humanitarian aid is the height of depraved behaviour. It is odious before both God and man," the president said,

He also sympathized with the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies working at Rann and in the country generally.

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