Reading culture has continued to drop among students and there is one thing the Sultan of Sokoto believes is contributing to the development.

It is not something that gives the Sultan of Sokoto joy at all, as he has expressed concerns over the rate of decline in studying time that students adhere to.

His concern is that social media is one major distraction for these students now.

At the closing ceremony of the 6th National Edition of the Quranic Recitation Competition held in Sokoto, the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar III, expressed worries over the development which he said was a disturbing trend.

He said: “There is a disturbing development where the attention of students is being diverted from their studies.

“This is through the use of various social media like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, 2Go and Instagram among others”.

The traditional ruler urged youths, particularly girls, to stop spending too much time on social media at the expense of other engagements that would add more values to their life.

“The rate at which girls are spending time on social network is worrisome and this poses imminent danger to our society.

“Girls are the nerve centre of our moral and societal development and if they derail, the whole society will be in danger because they are our mothers and care givers.”

Abubakar advised parents to ensure that their daughters spend more time on meaningful things, like reciting the Holy Qur’an.

“Doing so will make them better mothers and care givers’’.

The monarch also urged Muslims to desist from doing things capable of tarnishing the image of their religion.

The Sultan offered 10,000 Naira to each of the 89 participants, while the overall winner, Husna Nura from Katsina State, got 100,000 Naira.

He also promised to host the 7th edition of the competition in 2018.

The Governor of the State, Aminu Tambuwal, was represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Bashir Garba.

He announced a gift of hajj seat to the overall winner of the competition in addition to 150,000 Naira and a deep freezer among other gifts.

Other winners also went home with deep freezers and cash among other items.

A total of  22 states participated in the competition which was conducted for non-Arabic Girls’ Secondary Schools and hosted by Sokoto State Government.