Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has called on Islamic scholars to pray for God to intervene in order to bring an end to the challenges of insecurity across the country.
Engineer Sule made the call during the opening ceremony of the 23rd annual National Quranic recitation competition organized by the Jama’atul Izalatul Bid’ah Wa Ikamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS) on Sunday, in Lafia.
The governor stressed that Islamic scholars should not relent in their continued prayers for the success of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
“I was opportune to travel to the US with the President and his major preoccupation is how to end the needless killings across the country, how the people can live in peace with one another.
“President Buhari only thinks of what should be done to bring development to our country. It’s only appropriate to call on scholars to pray for the country for God to bring to an end challenges of insecurity across the country. Our country is in need of prayers,” Engineer Sule said.
The governor, who mounted the pulpit to deliver a sermon, cited copiously from the Holy Quran, as well as the traditions of the Holy Prophet, to stress the importance of acquiring knowledge in Islam.
While showing appreciation for the organizers of the event for choosing Lafia as venue, Engineer Sule announced a personal donation of a car and various sums of cash prizes for winners that will emerge at the end of the Quranic recitation competition.
Specifically, Engineer Sule announced a car as first prize, sums of N500, 000, N450, 000, N300, 000 and N250, 000 as cash prizes for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th runners-up respectively.
Earlier, in an opening remark, National Chairman Ulama’u Council of JIBWIS, Sheik Sani Yahaya Jingir, commended past and present leaders of Nasarawa State for ensuring there is unity of purpose, which he said, has led to the state record