By Ahmed Ahmed
The last batch of 545 pilgrims from Bauchi and Plateau states were airlifted to Madina on Sunday.
Among the pilgrims on board were the State Governor, Bala Muhammad, his deputy Senator Baba Tela, Acting Executive Secretary of the state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Kasim Danlami Shall and members of the state Hajj Steering Committee as well as officials from Plateau and Bauchi states.
Governor Bala Mohammed, however, charged the intending pilgrims to be responsible pilgrims in the holy land and to remain as good ambassadors of the country.
Mohammed made the charged before the last batch of the intending pilgrims boarded their flight on Sunday.
He urged them to be responsible pilgrims from the state who are ”cultured, mannered and religiously trained”.
He enjoined them to use the opportunity of their presence in the Holy Land to pray for themselves, their families, Bauchi state and the country at large.
The Governor said his administration has mapped out strategies towards promoting the welfare of the state pilgrims both at home and in Saudi Arabia.
The Governor reiterated his commitment to introduce policies immediately after returning from the holy land for improving the well-being of the people of the state, and pledged to ensure their full implementation.
Mohammed urged the citizens not to relent in their support of his administration. He also urged them to pray to Almighty Allah to empower him and give him the wisdom to implement all the policies and programmes initiated.
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