Be Oyo State Good Ambassadors In Holy Land -Makinde Charges Pilgrims

Bayo Lawal

Oyo State Intending pilgrims have been urged to be of good conduct and good ambassadors of the state in the Holy land.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde gave the advice while bidding the intending pilgrims farewell at the Olodo Hajj Camp, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Governor Makinde, who was represented by the Chairman, Oyo State Housing Corporation, Barrister Bayo Lawal also charged intending pilgrims to cooperate with the chairman and members of the Oyo State Muslim Pilgrimage Board, Professor Sayed Malik.
The governor urged them to take cognisance of all the facilities provided for them and cooperate with all the executive members of Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board, urging them to be law-abiding follow the instructions of their guides.
He reminded them that their primary assignment in the Holy Land is prayer, charging them to pray for themselves, for Oyo State and Nigeria as a whole.
The governor also reminded them of the challenges facing Nigeria, ranging from kidnapping, banditry and terrorism amongst others. He charged them to pray for the country to surmount it’s challenges especially as the election year approaches.
While delievering the message of the state governor, Barrister Lawal warned them to abide by the laws of Saudi Arabia authorities and ensure that they protect their family image and that of Oyo State, warning them to refrain from drug trafficking and other illicit acts.
He also urged them to pray for Oyo State government to continue its infrastructure development strides.
Earlier at the event, Chairman of the Oyo State Pilgrimage Board, Professor Sayed Malik said the number of slot given to Oyo State is 779 due to drastic reduction by Saudi Arabia authorities which allows only one million pilgrims worldwide for 2022 Hajj. He recalled that outbreak of Covid-19 prevented people from performing Hajj in 2020 and 2021.
He urged people who are not able to go with the board this year to exercise patience and wait till next year.
Dignitaries at the event included former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Senator Monsurat Sumonu, Southwest Women Leader of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaja Bosede Adedibu, Personal Assistant to Governor Makinde, Mr. Akeem Azeez; Professor Musbau Babatunde who represented Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun among many others.

The first batch of the state contingent will depart Ibadan on Thursday 16th June 2022 for Lagos, where they will be airlifted to Saudi Arabia in the early hours of Friday 17th June 2022 .