President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the graduating pupils of Al-Ansar Foundation School to utilise their knowledge in fostering national unity and societal integration.
Buhari made the call at the graduation ceremony of 47 pupils of the school, who memorised and recited complete Qur’an at Emir of Zazzau’s place in Zaria, Kaduna State, on Sunday.
The graduating pupils were between the ages of nine and eleven.
Represented by Hajiya Fatima Buhari, his daughter, Buhari called on Islamic scholars across the country to always preach peace, promote fear of God and national integration.
Buhari described the 47 pupils who memorised complete Qur’an as veritable asset to their families, society, state and the nation at large.
He said it was not an easy task for an adult to memorise the whole Qur’an talkless of small children.
In his speech, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Nasiru Sambo of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), appealed to people to invest in the treasury of God Almighty to boost Qur’anic recitation.
“I learned that where the school is situated is a house belonging to somebody who is living overseas, but will soon return to take back his residence.
“In view of this, I urge each one of us here to earnestly contribute toward assisting the school to stand on its feet to produce more standard and qualitative future leaders,” he pleaded.
Malam Abubakar Jumare, the Director of the School, said the school was established to produce pupils who would memorise the holy Qur’an at tender age.
“We graduate pupils who can memorise the holy Qur’an at their tender age with the fear of God Almighty. We want to instill standard Islamic education in their minds based on Qur’an and Hadith.
“At the same time, we inculcate on them western education of all fields. Ultimately, the school seek to produce patriotic, decent and sound future leaders.
“These calibre of graduates with both Islamic and Western education, we believe, will be the set of people any country will be proud of,” Jumare said.