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The annual Quranic recitation competition organised by Center for Islamic Studies of the Usman Dan Fodio University has been declared open by the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zullum.

Governor Zullum, who served as the Chairman of the occasion, described the efforts of Zamfara State Governor in hosting this year’s competition in spite of biting economic reality, as a very commendable one.

He extolled the good virtues of the Governor whom he said deserved the title he bears, “Khadimul Quran”. “The sheer drive towards enduring efforts done to promote the Quran among the youth is an indication that the state Governor’s committment to the Government and people if Zamfara State to the wellbeing of the society is not in doubt”.

Governor Zullum believes that the meriad of challenges facing the Country today can be eased if we embrace the power of the Quran. He then, donated the sum of N10 million for the successful conduct of the one week long event.

According to the Governor’s Spokesperson Malam Zailani Bappa, the Chief Host of the event, Governor Bello Mohammed outlined the importance of the competition which he said include the translation of the words of Allah into practice.

He said that the importance of the Quran in our lives and the guidance it serves are the major take-aways we should expect from the conduct of the event and thereafter.

He commended the Local Organising Committee for a well organised event. He also called on participants not to see the competition as an affront to one another but as a service to humanity.

Chairman of the Local Organising Committeee, the Deputy Governor of Zamfara state, Senator Hassan Mohammed Gusau said the competition is made possible with the total support from the state Governor, Dr Bello Mohemmed.

He commended the co-operation of the people of the state and the hard-work of his team to realise a hitch-free event. He assured of a free and fair event and a memorable one.

The Vice Chancellor of Usman Dan Fodio University, Professor Bilbis commended the Government of Zamfara state for hosting this year’s competition which he said is an indication of the readiness of the state to continue uplifting the status of the book of Allah.

He called on competitors to consider their participation as a contribution to the promotion of the virtue of the Quran.

In a short remark, royal father of the day, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Garbai Al-Amin El-Kanemi described the annual compettion as a unifying factor among Nigerian Muslims. He called on Muslims, beyond recitation, to apply the teachings of the Quran in their daily lives.

The Guest Speaker, Sheikh Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari commended Governor Bello Mohammed, describing him as a Governor who came to power in the state at a very difficult time.

He spoke on the need to protect the centers of Quranic studies across the Islamic communities in the Country. He advocated for compulsory contribution to an endowment for the upkeep of such Islamic centers and also for the vulnerable by all State Governors.

Professor Maqari also advocated for certification and the drawing and adoption of a modern curricular for the informal and semi-formal Quranic centers spread across the Islamic Communities in the Country.

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Like the popular adage goes, “whatever has a beginning must have an end” Today, the 29th of May 2023 marked the beginning and the end of the four-year tenure of Governor Bello Matawalle as the number one leader of Zamfara State.

It is not something very unusual because for the first day he took over on May 29th 2019, he knew very well that he was sworn-in as Governor of Zamfara for a constitutional tenure of four years and even if he want an extension for the second term tenure he has to succumb to the judgment of the Zamfara people.

God almighty for reasons best known to HIM has decided to terminate the political journey of Matawalle from today

and I am sure in HIS wisdom he wanted to teach both Matawalle and his esteemed political followers and allies some basic political lessons about life and indeed the reasons for political union within the APC.

We will rather not dwell more on what happened during the 2023 election because it has now become a thing of history, but we believe the political crash within the APC is evidently a larger one with a million of teachers for the pupils to get ready and learned the basic and advance antithesis of political betrayal.

It will interest the PDP supporters who are overzealous about their victory to understand that it is one way to secure victory during an election, and it is another way to fulfilling the expectations of the people who accorded you the mandate.

Now Dauda Lawal is the one on the hot seat as from today and we believe they should understand that the focus should be on him alone and no one else not even Matawalle because hammering on Matawalle after power is transmitted is an admission of outright failure and lack of focus.

The PDP supporters should see it as a second step to continue to guide the new Governor in town on how best to deliver on his campaign promises and allow time to judge Governor Matawalle and his political associates.

I think enough has been said about Matawalle and now that he is not on the seat we need to hear different music altogether.

Now, the burden lies with the Governor Dauda Lawal and his political associates to provide a sense of direction for the new Zamfara as they had been envisaging, and we pray for all the best in the interest of Zamfara and its people.

With all sense of humility and respect, we want to advise the Governor to set aside the political ill-feelings against anyone and face the Zamfara project squarely.

This documents the record of transition which was handed over to him, should be his strict guide; hence there are plenty of things he shall learn from it. He will learn from the output of good ideas by his predecessor Bello Matawalle and develop ways to improve from what he has done, and also learned from the mistakes of the past and avoid repeating them.

In as much Dauda Lawal wants to succeed, he should have to do away with the political sycophancy and beam his search light around capable hands that would  help him triumph because if he allows himself to be derailed by the antics of the political class the rest of the days ahead would be history.

I suggest that Dauda Lawal will develop strategies of settling those that suffered with him during campaign without necessarily appointing everyone in the government and that will make him have focus on developing Zamfara State.

Reading from the experience of the immediate past administration, it is only important if we cut the size of governance in Zamfara and give emphasis more in building the capacity of the state civil servants because this is the gigantic gap already created since the inception of the state in 1996.

We wish Zamfara State all the best, and we hope to see more transformation coming from the present government as a way of consolidating the good jobs of Yariman, Bakura, Mahmuda Shinkafi, Abdulaziz Yari and later Bello Matawallen Maradun.

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The acting State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Mukhtar Muhammad Lugga has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff to Governor Dauda Lawal.

His appointment and subsequent swearing in came barely a few hours after Dauda Lawal was sworn in as the Governor of Zamfara State by the State Chief Judge Mrs. Kulu Isah Aliyu in Gusau on Monday.

Until his appointment, Lugga was the Acting State Chairman of the ruling PDP, and he took over the chairmanship after the sudden death of the substantive Chairman Dr. Kaura during a function in Gusau early this year.

He was a gubernatorial candidate of Zamfara under the platform of the CPC but stepped down his ambition to support the gubernatorial ambition of then Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz yari Abubakar.

After the emergence of Yari as the Governor, he made him the commissioner for the environment and later that of education.

He was also appointed as the Chairman of the governing council of the Federal College of Education, Okene Kogi state by the former President and Commander-in-Chief Muhammadu Buhari.

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The Zamfara State Governor Dauda Lawal has sworn in Abubakar Nakwada as the new Secretary to the state government.

He was sworn in shortly after the formal inauguration of Dauda Lawal as the new Governor of Zamfara state.

Until his appointment Nakwada worked with the National Lottery Trust Fund Abuja as Director.

He was among the aspirants that contested for the post of Governor under the People’s Democratic Party before he stepped down his ambition to support the candidature of Dauda Lawal.


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