Kano state Governor, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf bids farewell to the first batch of 555 intending pilgrims who departed from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a Max Air aircraft Boeing 747 for this year’s hajj.
The Governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa in a statement said the governor addressed the intending pilgrims at the point of departure.
Governor Yusuf congratulated them for having the opportunity to perform one of the obligatory responsibilities upon every capable Muslim once in a lifetime and cautioned them.
“I want to seize this opportunity to congratulate you as the first batch of our pilgrims and those that have answered the call of Allah SWT to fulfill one of the mandatory ibadat.
“I want to on behalf of the Government and good people of Kano state urge you to be good ambassadors of the state and you should distance yourselves from all forms of criminalities like drugs trafficking, armed robbery, protest, and other social vices”. The Governor echoed.
He urged the intending pilgrims to strictly adhere to the rites of performing hajj and pray fervently in their stay at the holy land for continuous peace and stability in Kano in particular and Nigeria in general.
Earlier, the Director General (DG) of Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board (KSPWB), Alh Lamin Rabiu said the first batch of the pilgrims were drawn from Tudun Wada, Doguwa, Bebeji and Garun Malam local governments and were part of the last hajj sessions who could not perform the hajj due to shortage of aircraft.
The DG appreciated the prompt response of the Governor in creating a conducive atmosphere for the intending pilgrims from the state to perform the pilgrimage engagements with ease.