Special prayer was offered for Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Saturday at the closing ceremony of Kwara State Qur’an recitation competition held in Ilorin, the state capital.
AbdulRazaq arrived at the venue of the event at the open field of Ilorin township stadium when the programme has not even started.
The arrival of the governor caught the organisers unaware as it elicited outpouring of accolades from the crowd that gathered to witness the annual event.
The anchor of the programme, Imam AbdulMumin Afodun, who quickly announced the commencement of the programme was emphatic that Governor AbdulRazaq is the first sitting governor to physically grace the Qur’an recitation competition events for two years consecutively.
A former Grand Khadi of Kwara State, Justice Abdullahi Idris Haroon who offered the opening prayer spent the better part of the time allocated to him praying for the governor.
Haroon who prayed God to accept AbdulRazaq’s prayer added:” Your Excellency, you are a good man, you are religious and your simplicity is unequalled. Your Excellency, you arrived at this venue quietly and at a time when the organisers have not even commenced the programme.
“For your simplicity and physical presence at Islamic functions, we are happy with you and ask Allah to grant your prayers.”
For his part, the chairman of the event, Alh Shehu AbdulGafar who acknowledged the fact that AbdulRazaq is the first sitting governor to attend the Qur’an recitation competition event said:” We asked Allah who the governor always dedicated his actions and endeavour to, to grant him sound health, prosperity and answer his prayers.
“Although, we have Muslim governors in the past non of them ever attended this Quran competition event”
Chairman oriental energy, Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, accompanied the Governor to the event.