The Governor of Niger State in North central Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has urged intending pilgrims from the state to be law abiding and to concentrate on purely Hajj activities while in the Holy land.
The Governor who was represented by his deputy Alhaji Mohammed ketso at the Pilgrim transit camp in Minna, the Niger State capital before the departure of the first batch of intending pilgrims from the state to Madina in Saudi Arabia over the weekend also urged the Pilgrims to always pray for the development and peaceful coexistence of both the state and the Nigerian government .
“Make sure you concentrate on what you are in the Holy land for, and don’t go against the laws of Saudi Arabia, Niger State Pilgrim officials are always there for you to guide you on what to do, and don’t for get to put your state and Country in special prayers.”
The flight conveying about 550 intending pilgrims from five local government of the state departed Minna international Airport, to Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Airport, Madinah on Sunday morning .
Report from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria says that so far about about 24,443 pilgrims had so far been airlifted to Saudi Arabia in about 50 flights from across the country since the commencement of the Airlift of intending pilgrims from Nigeria.
The Deputy Governor of Niger state in North central Nigeria Alhaji Mohammed ketso further warned the Pilgrims not to give out their Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA) to anyone except the trusted Area Pilgrims Welfare Officers (APWOs) so as not to fall into the hands of fraudsters.
The airlifted pilgrims are drawn from Mariga, Mashegu, Rijau, Edati and Munya Local Government Areas of the State.