Three thousand, four hundred and ninety-six Pilgrims from Sokoto State have been given over N83m by Governor Aminu Tambuwal as Sallah gifts.
The pilgrims are currently Performing the 2019 Hajj Exercise in the Holy Land.
The State’s Amirul Hajj and the Deputy Governor, Mr Manir Dan’iya disclosed this to journalists in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Mr Dan’iya said; “the money was approved by Governor Tambuwal to ensure each pilgrim received 200 Saudi Riyals which is equivalent to 24,000 thousand Naira to cater for some of their expenses and to ease their stay in the Holy land.”
According to him, the Governor believes that the gesture would help the pilgrims to cut away some financial responsibilities before returning home.
“This gift will surely assist the pilgrims who are in need of additional funds to eat and transport themselves to the remaining religious sites,” he stressed.
The Amirul Hajj conveyed Governor Tambuwal’s Sallah Message to the Pilgrims.
He urged them to pray to Allah to guide leaders in steering the affairs of the state and for sustainable peace and unity in Nigeria.
“The Governor has tasked the pilgrims to be Good ambassadors of the State while in the Holy land as Nigeria is highly respected among Nations and any deviation will spell belittle of the nation,” the Deputy Governor said.
He stated that all arrangements were underway to ensure smooth airlift of Pilgrims back to Nigeria as stipulated by the National Hajj Commission on August 17.