The Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board is set to airlift 1,460 intending pilgrims for the 2019 Hajj operations in Saudi Arabia.
At the valedictory ceremony for the intending pilgrims, Governor Muhammadu Yahaya admonished the intending pilgrims to ensure they abide by the laws governing Hajj pilgrimage in the holy land, to remain safe throughout the programme.
Governor Yahaya lamented that some intending pilgrims had refused to submit themselves for mandatory and relevant tests in preparation for the journey.
”The Saudi Arabian Authority is a different country and environment, which required the cooperation with officials, rules and regulations for a successful hajj programme,” he stated.
The Executive Secretary of the Gombe State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Sa’adu Hassan announced that all arrangements were on top gear and set for the Board to commence the airlift of the hajj contingents on Saturday, July 20.
He said ”a local hajj carrier, Max Air had been contracted for the airlift of Gombe intending pilgrims, while urging the pilgrims to respect their leaders and stay out of arguments and away from rumours during the hajj exercise.”
The Gombe State Amirul Hajj and leader of team, Dr. Abubakar Abubakar III said hajj was a life changing spiritual programme, which the pilgrims could take advantage of the importance it provided, to come back home more committed to God.
“As the state Amirul Hajj my door is always open to provide the necessary support and intervention to ensure that our pilgrims have a great hajj experience,” Dr Abubakar who is also the Emir of Gombe said.
Prayer for Nigeria
He called on the intending pilgrims to use the opportunity provided to pray for the peace, security and stability of Nigeria.
Dr Abubakar commended Governor Yahaya for the moral and material support given to him and the entire team to function effectively.
The Emir of Gombe called on the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and country at large.
He gave the assurance that preparation for them were going on well for the smooth conduct of the pilgrimage.