Gombe – Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State has urged intending pilgrims from the state, to be good ambassadors and pray for the state and the county at large while in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Dankwambo made the call in Gombe on Wednesdayin his farewell address to pilgrims
He advised them to ensure that they abided by all the rules and regulations of the religion and their host country.
“It is my sincere hope that you will be worthy Ambassadors by exhibiting high sense of responsibility and dedication.
“I call on our pilgrims not to engage in rioting, demonstration or disobedience to constituted authorities.
“You should adhere strictly to the laid down procedures of movements from Nigeria to the Holy Land and places like Jedda, Makkah, Madinah, Mina Musdalifah, Arafat and returning journey back home”, he advised.
Dankwambo also warned them to desist from engaging in peddling drugs and other related offences which are punishable by death penalty.
He called on them to pray for peace, unity, security, and prosperity of the state and the country at large.
He also urged the Amirul-Hajj team and other officials, to discharge their duties effectively as most of the pilgrims were performing pilgrimage for the first time.
The governor said the state had secured befitting accommodation for them in Mecca, close to the holy Mosque.
Alhaji Usman Gurama, Executive Secretary of the Board, said the state had 1, 941 pilgrims and 10 officials for this year Hajj, adding that all arrangement had been made to ensure a successful pilgrimage.
According to him, the first flight will transport the first batch of the pilgrims on Thursday.
In his remarks, the Amirul-Hajj, Alhaji Abdullahi Mai-Kano, advised the families and relations of the pilgrims, not to follow them to the camp due to the security situation.
He also advised the pilgrims to put into practice, what they learnt during the induction course for a successful Hajj (NAN)