Gov. El-Rufa’i urges intending pilgrims to be law abiding in Saudi Arabia
Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State has urged intending pilgrims from the state to be good ambassadors by abiding strictly to the laws of Saudi Arabia while in the holy land.
El-Rufa’i made the call while addressing the first batch of the state’s 2018 intending pilgrims who left for Saudi Arabia on Thursday morning to perform this year’s pilgrimage.
”Kaduna State is known for order and discipline and I can say that the intending pilgrims have exhibited that since they arrived in the camp.
“I urge you all to also exhibit the good conduct in Saudi Arabia and be good ambassadors of Kaduna and Nigeria,” he said.
He said the State Government had strived to ensure that preparations for this year’s pilgrimage were smooth and thanked all those involved in achieving the feat.
”Our government has put in place measures which have improved the management of Hajj affairs and strengthened its operations,” he said.
The governor was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Balarabe Abbas.
The Overseer, Kaduna State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board, Imam Husayn Ikara, said a total of 6,713 persons were expected to perform this year’s pilgrimage from the state.
He said the first batch was made up of 560 intending pilgrims from Zaria and Giwa local government areas. (NAN)