The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo
Shittu, on Friday dismissed speculations on that
President Muhammadu Buhari is dead. Shittu,
who represented Buhari in Ilorin, at the formal
opening of the 31st National Qur’anic Recitation
Competition, said: “President Buhari is not dead.’’
The minister advised Nigerians to continue to
continue to pray for the president. “There is need
to pray fervently for economic recovery.
President Muhammadu Buhari is not dead, he
deserves prayers for sound health as well as for
the entire growth of the nation,” Shittu said. The
minister commended Usmanu Danfodiyo
University, Sokoto, for organising the event
nationwide in the last 31 years.
He noted that the competition would further boost
the spiritual inclination of the entire Muslim
Ummah. Shittu also lauded the Kwara governor,
Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, for accepting the
hosting responsibilities for the 2017 edition of the
competition. In his address, the governor
commended the organisers for granting the
hosting right of the event to the state.
According to Ahmed, “It is pleasing to note that
this year’s National Qur’anic Recitation
Competition has brought together Muslim Ummah
from far and wide to demonstrate our reverence
to the Almighty.’’ The Vice Chancellor of the
Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Prof.
Abdullahi Zuru, enumerated some of the
objectives of the competition to be “contribution to
the sustenance of the tried and trusted
mechanism of preservation of the glorious Qur’an.
“To select gifted and talented youths who will
represent Nigeria at international Qur’anic
recitation competition in 2017 as well as also
discover brilliant Muslim youths for possible
scholarship awards by governments and
It was gathered that the opening ceremony of the
competition was attended by the Emir of llorin,
Alhaji lbrahim Sulu-Gambari, some first class
traditional rulers in the state and people from all
walks of life.