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Not less than 2,500 intending pilgrims are to perform this year’s pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Gombe State, this year.


The Executive Secretary of the state Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Sa’adu Hassan Adamu (Sardaunan Yamaltu), said preparations have reached advance stage to ensure a hitch-free exercise.


Alhaji Hassan Adamu told newsmen in Gombe that the board had secured a befitting accommodation, transportation and feeding for the state pilgrims in the holy land.

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While soliciting for more Hajj slots on demand, the executive scribe said the state has already exhausted the 2,300 slots allocated to the state by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) this year.


According to him, the board has commenced the training of the intending pilgrims to provide them with the required knowledge of the religious journey.


Alhaji Hassan Adamu appreciated the support of Gov. Inuwa Yahaya to the board towards ensuring a successful Hajj operation.


He however noted that the progress of the board was being slowed by delayed payment of the Hajj fares by some of the intending pilgrims and advised them to buckle up for the exercise.


Pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (PBU), is the fifth principle of Islam. It is mandatory for every sane and healthy Muslim that can afford the means of the undertaking the journey once in a lifetime.

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