16-year-old or­phan wins Na­tional Qur’an recita­tion com­pe­ti­tion

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From Haruna Gimba Yaya, Gombe

A16-year-old or­phan, Zainab Mah­mud, from Adamawa State, has emerged winner in the fe­male cat­e­gory at the 33rd Na­tional Qur’an Recita­tion Com­pe­ti­tion held in Gombe.

Ti­j­jani Muham­mad Gwani from Yobe State emerged as the over­all winner in the male cat­e­gory.

An­nounc­ing the re­sults yes­ter­day at the clos­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion, the na­tional co­or­di­na­tor of the com­pe­ti­tion, Dr Abubakar Yalwa said the win­ners com­peted for the mem­o­riza­tion of the whole Holy Qur’an with Ta­jweed and Taf­sir.

A to­tal of 377 par­tic­i­pants from 33 states and Abuja par­tic­i­pated in the com­pe­ti­tion in six cat­e­gories, which lasted from De­cem­ber 27, 2018 to yes­ter­day.

The win­ners were crowned and dec­o­rated with royal re­galia, as tra­di­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion de­manded, by the Emir of Gombe Al­haji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III who rep­re­sented the Sul­tan of Sokoto, Al­haji Muham­mad Sa’ad Abubakar III.

They also went home with new cars and the sum of N500,000 each from Gombe State Gover­nor Ibrahim Dankwambo and will be spon­sored to per­form the 2019 Hajj ex­er­cise cour­tesy by the gov­er­nors of their re­spec­tive states.

The Gover­nor also an­nounced a gift of N1 mil­lion to Basira Ah­mad, an eight-yearold from Edo State who also com­peted in mem­o­riz­ing the whole Qur’an with Ta­jweed.

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari rep­re­sented by the Min­is­ter of Environment, Su­laiman Has­san Zarma, said his ad­min­is­tra­tion will main­tain the cul­ture of the com­pe­ti­tion to pro­mote unity, re­li­gious tol­er­ance and peace in the coun­try.

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