PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Education to adopt of two Islamic study books written by late Justice Muhammad Bashir Sambo for use by Federal Government Colleges.
The President, who said such books have become very essential in the face of declining moral and religious education in the country, gave the directives in Kaduna yesterday while launching the reviewed editions of the books, which were first published in 1974.
The books co-sponsored by Bashir Sambo Centre for Islamic Da’awah and Jaiz Charity and Development Foundation, in memory of late Justice Bashir Sambo, former Judge of the Sharia court of Appeal and the Code of Conduct Tribunal were reviewed by Mallam Mukhtar Lere to conform with the current academic curriculum of 6-3-3-4 system in the country.
According to President Buhari, whom Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State represented, “I knew the late Justice Bashir Sambo very well, I first met him on television when the late Justice Bashir Sambo, along with Mallam Umaru Sanda and Justice Muazu Aliyu, all of blessed memory were teaching on television on the Islamic Da’, and as an educationist, the late Justice Bashir Sambo, not only wrote this book that was used in secondary schools in Nigeria at a time, but went on to become a distinguished Judge at the Sharia court of Appeal and the Code of Conduct Tribunal. So Justice Bashir Sambo was a distinguished public servant, educationist and a great teacher,” Buhari said.
Buhari lauded the co-authors for updating the books and structured them in a way that matches new secondary curriculum and “call on the ministry of education to look at these books with the view to adopt them in all government colleges.”
Earlier in his address, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the foundation, Alhaji Umar A. Mutallab said Bashir Sambo Centre for Islamic Da’awah was established by disciples and associates of late Justice Sambo in order to immortalise and inspire the legacy of the late sage.
“The review of the 1974 edition became imperative in view of the introduction of academic curriculum of 6-3-3-4 system in the country by the Federal ministry of education, which rendered the maiden edition obsolete. It was against this background that Bashir Sambo Centre for Islamic Da’awah mandated Mallam Mukhtar Lere in November 2012 to review the existing literature in conformity with the current academic curriculum,” he said.

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