Kano – The first batch of 523 intending Muslim pilgrims from Kano State were on Saturday morning flown to Saudi Arabia in a Max Air Ltd flight from Malam Aminu Kano International Airport at 9.30 a.m.
The intending pilgrims were from six local government areas of Gwarzo, Karaye, Kiru, Shanono, Rogo and Bagwai, which make up Gwarzo zone.
Earlier on Friday night, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, the Deputy Governor of Kano State and Amirul Hajj, urged the intending pilgrims to be law-abiding while in the holy land.
He urged them to avoid acts capable of tarnishing the image of the state and the country.
‘’You should be law-abiding and exhibit good conduct while in the holy land so as not to dent the image of our state and the country,’’ he said.
Abubakar said the state government had made adequate arrangement to ensure that they performed the pilgrimage without difficulty.
Also, the Emir of Kano and National Amirul Hajj, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, urged the intending pilgrims to exhibit the highest sense of responsibility and perform the pilgrimage in accordance with Islamic teaching.
He also advised them not to take any prohibited items on the trip, saying that anyone caught in such act would face stiff penalty in Saudi Arabia.
In his address, the Executive Secretary of Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Abba Yakubu, assured the people that the board had secured decent accommodation for them in Makka and Medina.
A total of 5, 602 intending pilgrims from the state are expected to perform Hajj during the year.(NAN).