President Muhammad Buhari has called on Muslims in Nigeria to use the teaching of the Holy Qur'an in ensuring peace and unity in the country especially during the conduct of campaigns for the upcoming general elections.

Buhari made the call on Saturday, during the closing ceremony of the 33rd National Quranic Recitation Competition that was held in Gombe.

Represented by the Minister of Environment Surveyor Sulaiman Hassan Zarma, Buhari said the Qur'an recitation competition is one of the religious activities that bring people together from far and near irrespective of their ethnicity.

While congratulating winners of the competition, he also urged them to redouble their efforts so as to give Nigeria a remarkable representation at the International recitation competition.

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Declaring the competition closed, Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, the Chief Host of the occasion reassured that his administration will continue support meaningful religious activities in the state. 

In his remark the president general of Islamic supreme council and the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III represented by the Emir of Gombe Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar said since inception in 1986 the National Qur'an Recitation Competition has served as platform for forging a sound Qur'anic tradition and effective intra-Muslim unity in Nigeria.

The event which is the first of its kind in Gombe came to climax after a long week activities with Tijjani Goni Muhammad Danbaba from Yobe State declared as overall winner in the male category and Zainab Muhammad Paris from Adamawa state in the female category.

During the event, an 8-year old girl Basira Ahmad from Edo state who took part in the competition was recognized and rewarded with one million naira by the Gombe State governor.