By George Daniya


Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has said that Nigeria is a religious country hence his administration will continue to support religious activities.

Governor Bello made this known when he attended two separate Islamic programmes in Minna, Saturday.

Speaking at the Maulid anniversary of Shiek Ahmad Tijjani and N133, 548, 570 appeal launching for the establishment of Majma’u Islamic Model School Secretariat, Minna at the Justice Idris Legbo International Conference Centre, Minna, Governor Bello said that clerics have a big role to play by preaching sermons to the teeming youths to shun act of drug addiction.

Equally, he added that parental guidance was needed to inculcate discipline in their wards as upbringing of their children was critical.

He said that parents needed to be in control of their children as it was their responsibility. He also added that the children too must always respect their parents.

The governor said that parents must teach their children how to be respectful and discipline.

He said that the era in which children under the ages of 4-5 years were being sent out for Qu’arnic schools far from care of their parents is gone; as such children were being denied parental care.

The governor announced a donation of N9million from the state government and made a personal donation of N1.5million for the launching of the model school.

He said that his administration cannot toy with education as it was among their top priority.

Similarly, speaking at the UK Bello Arts Theatre, Minna, during the closing ceremony of the Annual National Qu’aranic Recitation Competition organized by the directorate of education of Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wai’kamatis Sunnah, Jos, the governor said that youths must be encouraged to embrace recitation of the Qur’an.

He said the state will still host the next edition of the Qu’arnic recitation.

Governor Bello urged Muslims to show love, care for the less privileged, and reward hardwork.

The governor make a donation of N500, 000 to the overall winner of the Qu’arnic recitation while second and third place got a cash reward of N300, 000 and N100, 000 respectively.

He promised to continue with the cash money reward in other subsequent competitions.