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A Qur’an recitation competition has ended in Zamfara State with 19-year-old Halima Abdullahi, emerging as the overall winner. 

Halima, from Anka Local Government Area, scored higher than the 35 other reciters in different categories of the competition, held between Friday last week and Monday.

The chairman of the organising committee, Alhaji Nura Bello Alkali, said Abdullahi and other winners in the competition would represent the state in the African Qur’an Recitation Competition scheduled to hold in April in Ghana. 

He said eight states, including Zamfara, had been selected to participate in the upcoming competition in Ghana, noting that the Zamfara State contingent would be made up of females only.

According to Alhaji Bello Alkali, participants in the just-concluded competition were drawn from all the 14 local government areas of the state.

In a remark, the state governor, Bello Matawalle, stressed the significance of memorising the Qur’an and promised that his administration would continue to support the competition and other similar events in the state. 

Governor Matawalle, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi Mayana, commended the organisers and the participants and called on them to continue to promote the acquisition of the knowledge of the Qur’an. 

In a lecture titled ‘The Importance of Security and Peace: Quranic Perspective’, Dr Abdulkadir Saleh Kazaure, said peace was significant in achieving meaningful development in any society and described the Holy Qur’an as the panacea for all societal problems.

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