From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
The first batch of 559 Jigawa pilgrims have been airlifted from Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi International Airport Dutse to Saudi Arabia for 2023 Hajj exercise.
While making his messages to the intending pilgrims at the airport, the executive governor of Jigawa state, Malam Umar Namadi urged them to pray for peace and progress in the state.
The governor who reminded the intending pilgrims that they are few whom were choosed by almighty God among many that have a dream to visit the holy land, urged them to be good ambassadors of Jigawa and the country at large.
The intending pilgrims departed the Airport on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m., aboard Max Air and expect their landing at Saudi Arabia Airport by 11:00 pm.
Addressing newsmen shortly after their departure, the Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Umar Labbo, said the board had concluded all necessary arrangements for the transportation of the remaining pilgrims.
He added the first batch of the pilgrims were from 16 local government areas of the state urged them to shun any act that would contravene with laws of Saudi Arabia, throughout the exercise, also called on them to avoid acts that capable of tarnishing the image of the state and the country.