Pray for economic recovery, Ajimobi urges hajj pilgrims
El-Rufai charges them on good conduct
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo on Monday bade the 1,323 intending hajj pilgrims from the state to Mecca, Saudi Arabia farewell, urging them to pray for the economic recovery of the state and the country at large, as well as the spiritual rebirth of the citizens.
The governor at a farewell organised for the contingent at the Hajj Camp, Olodo, Ibadan, implored them to use the opportunity of their visit to the holy land to seek the face of God for positive change for the country’s depressing economy.
Ajimobi said: “You should use this period to seek the face of your creator for this country, Nigeria and Oyo State in particular. This nation is going through a difficult period in her history as a sovereign nation.
“It is therefore the duty of all of us to intercede through prayers and supplications to Allah to give us the positive change we are yearning for and spiritual rejuvenation.”
The governor assured them that the state government would work with other regulatory authorities to ensure that their journey to and from Mecca is memorable and hitch-free.
He admonished them to endure during the exercise and stay off sinful acts like drug trafficking, hard drug use, which, he said, could tarnish the image of their families as well as the state and the country.
Meanwhile, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday charged the over 5,000 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from the state to be good ambassadors and protect the good image of the country while in the holy land.
El-Rufai, who stated this while kicking off the 2016 hajj exercise shortly before the first batch of pilgrims departed for Saudi Arabia, said that the challenges associated with past hajj operations, particularly in Kaduna would soon be over.
According to the governor, various measures have already been put in place to improve the management of Hajj affairs in the state to improve the operations of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board.
El-Rufai, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Bala Barnabas Bantex said: “I will like to say congratulations to you all on being part of Muslims that will have the privilege alongside others from all over the world to perform this years’ hajj.”