Muslim clerics and various Islamic groups in Kaduna have given their endorsement to El-Rufai’s ministerial nomination.


Imam Nasir Shamwilu Nasir commended the former Governor Nasir El-Rufai for his unprecedented efforts in enhancing Qur’anic education in Kaduna. Speaking on behalf of 105 Islamic organizations and 87 Qur’anic schools in the state, he highlighted El-Rufai’s significant contributions to improving Qur’anic education during his tenure as governor.

In response to a call by a coalition of Qur’anic reciters, memorizers, and learners in Bauchi to remove El-Rufai’s name from the ministerial list, Imam Nasir Shamwilu Nasir pointed out that the Bauchi clerics might not be fully aware of the former governor’s achievements in Kaduna. He emphasized the importance of verifying any allegations before making judgments, citing a verse from the Qur’an.

Imam Nasir Shamwilu Nasir specifically mentioned that El-Rufai set up a committee to mainstream Qur’anic education, a groundbreaking initiative in Nigeria’s history. This committee designed a curriculum that allowed Islamic clerics (Alaramas) who had memorized the Qur’an to obtain a National Certificate of Education (NCE) after studying some secular subjects for two or three years. This unique curriculum has paved the way for Islamic clerics to pursue further education, up to degree and post-graduate levels, and secure employment in government agencies.

The curriculum’s success has prompted other states to adopt it, as it was officially launched at Jam’atu Nasril Islam, attended by stakeholders from the education sector nationwide. In recognition of his efforts, 87 Qur’anic organizations awarded El-Rufai for his exceptional contributions.

Imam Nasir Shamwilu Nasir expressed strong confidence that El-Rufai would be one of the best ministers in Nigeria, praising his innovation and pro-activeness in advancing Qur’anic education. Consequently, the coalition of Islamic clerics and organizations in Kaduna State has urged the Senate to confirm El-Rufai as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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