As preparations for this year’s hajj are on top gear, Kano state Governor, Engineer Abba Kabir had 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.
Addressing the intending pilgrims at the point of departure, the Governor congratulated them for by the will of Allah have to opportunity to perform one of the obligatory responsibility upon every capable Muslim once in a lifetime and admonished them.
” I want to sieze this opportunity to congratulate you as 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 your selves from all forms of criminalities like drugs trafficking, armed robbery, protest and other social vices”. The Governor echoed.
The Governor 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 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 last hajj session’s who could not perform the hajj due to shortage of aircrafts.
Alh Lamin Rabiu appreciated the prompt response of His Excellency the Governor in creating conducive atmosphere for the intending pilgrims from the state to perform the pilgrimage engagements with ease.