Lagos State pilgrims are scheduled to leave Nigeria today to perform the lesser hajj (Umrah) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The state government urged the Umrah pilgrims to present themselves as good ambassadors of Nigeria and Lagos in particular, enjoining them to seize the opportunity of the pilgrimage to offer spiritual prayers.
The state’s Commissioner for Home Affairs, Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi, made the appeal, yesterday, during a one-day seminar organised by the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for the intending pilgrims at the Shamsi Adisa Thomas (SAT) Mosque, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.
Elegushi, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Whenu Sewedo Oluseyi, reiterated belief in the capacity of the pilgrims to pray to Allah against all the challenges bedeviling the nation, such as insecurity, kidnapping, banditry, among others.
He expressed the hope that all prayers offered by the pilgrims would be answered and the challenges facing the nation surmounted, considering the fact that the blessed month of Ramadan is significant and synonymous with Allah’s mercy, blessings and forgiveness.
The commissioner also appealed to the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state.
Obey all the rules and regulations guiding their stay in the Holy land and avoid involving themselves in any illegal dealing.
Chairman of the Board, Shakir Ayinde Gafar, who thanked the intending pilgrims for choosing to perform the lesser hajj with the state, assured them that they would not regret their action, as the board is poised to offer them the best of service.
BESIDES, Chairman of Ulamah (Muslim Clerics) of the board, Alhaji Muhsin Ajagbemokeferi, who spoke on “Procedures and Processes of Umrah and its Benefits to Muslims,” urged the intending pilgrims to follow instructions of the board in their conducts while in the Kingdom and not to be involved in any act inimical to Islamic teachings.