By Ahmed Ahmed
Governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi state has urged intending pilgrims to remain good ambassadors of the state and the country while in Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj.
Mr. Mohammed made the call Tuesday in his farewell address to the first batch of pilgrims from the state at the newly constructed Hajj Camp in Bauchi metropolis.
He called on the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of Nigeria before, during and after the exercise.
The Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to providing citizens with dividends of democracy, adding that promoting peace and unity in the state is his top priority.
The governor, while commending the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), clerics and other stakeholders, said the State Government will work with them to ensure success of the 2022 Hajj.
He called on the 1,363 intending pilgrims from Bauchi State to pray for the state and Nigeria as whole adding that all internal and external preparations to ease any foreseen hardships have been made.
He explained that the first batch of 530 intending pilgrims would be airlifted Tuesday night while the second batch would be airlifted subsequently by Max Air.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary, Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Imam Abdurrahmam Ibrahim Idris applauded Governor Bala for his efforts in supporting the board as it discharges its responsibilities.
He also called on the intending pilgrims to reciprocate the gesture by praying for the governor and his administration.
Responding, the State Amirul Hajj, the Emir of Katagum, Alhaji Umar Farouq commended Governor Bala for the construction of the modern Hajj Camp and assured him of their support and commitment for the success of the exercise.
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