Niger state has successfully airlifted 3,405 pilgrims from the state to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj.
In his farewell message, Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello admonished the pilgrims to be good ambassadors throughout their stay in the Holy land.
He also urged them to pray for the country to overcome its challenges.
Governor Bello who bided farewell to the last batch of intending pilgrims from the state at the Minna International Airport during the weekend enjoined them to be good ambassadors of the state and country.
He warned the pilgrims to avoid acts capable of tarnishing the image of Nigeria especially trafficking of hard drugs and Kolanuts.
“You must be warned of the stringent Saudi Arabia laws. You must adhere strictly to the laid down rules and regulation of Saudi Arabia while in the holy land. You must avoid anything unwelcoming or detrimental to the collective aspirations of our state and country,’’ he said.
The Governor expressed satisfaction with the overall airlift of pilgrims to the holy land and enjoined them to use the opportunity to pray for peace as well as socio-economic progress of the state and country.
“Nigeria is going through challenges. I enjoin you to pray for peace and socio-economic progress of Niger state and Nigeria. You must dedicate the entire period for prayers for yourself, your family, community, the state and Nigeria.”
He assured the pilgrims that Government would do everything possible to make their stay comfortable in the holy land.