…advises youth on Qur’an recitation
Chairman of Niger state’s Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has advised parents not to abandon their roles as caregivers, mentors and role models to their children. The first class monarch who said this at the closing of the 33rd edition of the state’s annual Qur’an recitation competition, hosted by Lapai Emirate also stressed the need for Muslim youths in the state to fill their minds with things that would add value to their lives and the society at large, particularly by engaging in the recitation of The Qur’an and constant reflection on its content. There was the need to prevent the minds of the youth from wandering and getting filled with negative thoughts and activities by engaging them in sporting, religious and other productive activities, he said. He, therefore, encouraged youths in the state to participate in Qur’an recitation competitions to increase their knowledge and stand the chance of winning prizes and laurels that would boost their statuses and confidence.
The Emir of Lapai, Alhaji Umaru Bago III, described all the participants in the competition as winners and commended the state government for its support and contributions to the programme. The guest speaker on the occasion, Sheikh Zakariya Abdulmalik, explained that “no matter the level of education of an individual, there is the need to study The Holy Qur’an and have the fear of Allah.