Ganduje urges prayers for Nigeria as last batch of Kano pilgrims leave for Saudi Arabia
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje yesterday bided farewell to last batch Kano pilgrims just as he reminded of the critical need to pray for sustainable peace and tranquillity in Nigeria.
Addressing the 330 intending pilgrims, including state officials, medical team, members of the pilgrims’ welfare board at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano, Ganduje reiterated compelling need seek spiritual intervention for the security challenges and the attendance criminality bedevilling the nation’s corporate existence.
The Governor said, ” depart to the holy land to perform one of the critical parts of your religious obligation, please don’t forget to seek spiritual intervention from the Almighty God for Nigeria and your dear state Kano.
“Don’t forget to pray for peace, unity, progress and development of our country. And as you do so, please don’t forget to pray for your dear Governor and government of Kano state for successful governance. Ganduje reiterated.
Ganduje wanted the visitors to the holy cities of Saudi Arabia to remain worthy ambassadors of Kano state in all their dealing and avoid drafting on ungodly tendencies.
He, however, sounded a strong note of caution to the state contingents against an attempt bridge of diplomatic dues and guideline stipulated by hajj operators.
He reminded that government through special tribunal will not hesitate to reprimand any found portraying Kano in bad image.
“We urge you to dedicate your time and space to spiritual devotion and be good ambassadors of our dear state. For any person who wants to deliberate cause unnecessary act, that person will be dealt with, first by a special tribunal in Saudi Arabia and secondly, the person will be prosecuted as soon as they arrive Nigeria”. Ganduje warned.
Executive secretary of Kano state Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Mohammad Abba Danbatta informed the Governor that with the departure of the last batch, the board has successful airlifted 3,170 pilgrims for 2019 hajj exercise.
Alhaji Abba who expressed gratitude to the state government for the enablement explained that Kano state pilgrims are provided with befitting accommodation, feeding, transportation and other welfare packages.
Among state officials that departed with the last flight include speaker Kano state house of assembly, Hon. Garba Gambo Gaffasa, Chief Judge of the state and others. The 330 intending pilgrims departed Kano airport exactly 12.15am Saturday en route Maiduguri and expected to land at King Abdulaziz International airport in Medina.