The Governor of Kebbi State, Nasir Idris, has encouraged Muslim Pilgrims in the state to maintain good conduct throughout their stay in the holy land.
The governor also called on the pilgrims to pray for the success of his administration as they depart for the 2023 Hajj excercise.
He made the call on Saturday when he paid a farewell visit to the first batch of pilgrims departing from the State in Birnin Kebbi.
Governor Idris expressed his admiration for the law-abiding nature of the state's pilgrims.
He mentioned that this year marked the first time the incumbent government had organized the Hajj exercise, striving to ensure a seamless airlift operation directly from Birnin Kebbi Airport.
However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the exercise had to commence from Sokoto Airport instead.
Governor Idris further encouraged them to view the change as an act of God.
He also revealed his intention to join them on the Hajj pilgrimage this year, explaining that this would allow him to assess areas in need of improvement firsthand.
Yahaya Sarki, media aide to the governor, made this known in a statement on Saturday.
He said the governor has assured the pilgrims that all necessary arrangements for their comfort and welfare had been finalized in Saudi Arabia.
He urged them to fervently pray for the success of Nigeria's leaders and for peace and prosperity in the nation.
Also speaking, the Kebbi State 2023 Amirul Hajj, Muhammadu Magoro, a former Minister of Internal Affairs, commended the governor for his commitment to ensuring a smooth and well-organized Hajj operation.
Speaking on behalf of the pilgrims, Ahmad Galadima from Argungu Local Government Area, expressed gratitude to the governor for his support.
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