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“Pray for the growth and development of Nigeria” – Sambo urges pilgrims
Overwhelmed by the state of affairs of the country, Vice-President Mohammad Namadi Sambo has surrendered her fate to God. The Obviously worried VP urged the 2012 intending Saudi Arabian pilgrims to pray ceaselessly for continuous peace and unity in Nigeria.
He said ‘’I want to use this opportunity to call on you to pray for peace, economic growth and development in our country.”
He charged the pilgrims to continuous pray for Nigeria in distress while speaking in Kano during the commencement of the inaugural flight for 2012 hajj operation at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport.
The governor of Kano state, Rabiu Kwankwaso who also doubles as Sambo’s representative charged the intending pilgrims to be obedient and submissive while keeping to the rules and regulations in the Holy land.
Kwankwaso maintained that the urgent call for prayers was a necessity regarding the current security challenges facing the country, adding that the prayer exercise is going to be hitch free.
He also boosted the state’s support to the annual program by its establishment of a mobile court to try erring pilgrims in the Holy land. He further assured a decent accommodation for the pilgrims in Mecca and Medina near the Holy Ka’aba.
In a brief remark, Chairman of National Hajj commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Malam Musa Bello said the occasion marks another milestone in the history of Hajj operation in the country as some of the pilgrims would land in Medina instead of Jeddah.
According to him, the first batch of 1,000 intending pilgrims from five local government areas of Kano will be airlifted by Max Air and Kabo respectively.
Musa Bello pointed out that ‘’this is the first time our pilgrims will start landing in Medina and this is historic in Hajj operation in the country and I really commended the Saudi authorities for the gesture. Also endeavour to adhere strictly to all the laws of the land in order to ensure success of the operation”
The National Amirul Hajj and also Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar appealed to the intending pilgrim to never relent in prayers for the country while their prayer season lasts.
‘’Prayer is the greatest weapon, so you should continue to pray for peace in our country because pray is the solution of all the problems”, the Emir pleaded.
The farewell ceremony was graced by the Saudi Arabian Consul in Kano and other notable Emirs in the likes of Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero, Emirs of Kazaure, Obateru Auchi, Emir of Zuru among others including the representatives of the airlines.