By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has charged intending pilgrims for this year’s hajj to Makkah and Medinah to resist any temptation to do anything contrary to the aims and objectives of performing Hajj.
Governor Makinde in his first farewell address by his administration to the intending pilgrims on Wednesday at the Hajj camp, Olodo, Ibadan admonished them to also shun illicit and prohibited items like drugs and kolanuts saying that if any of these items are found in their possession, it is an offence which carries the death penalty
“I also want to admonish you to be good ambassadors of Oyo State while in Saudi Arabia. We pride ourselves as Pacesetters in this state. And like our state anthem reads, Asiwaju niwa ni ipinle Oyo. I therefore enjoin you to showcase our Pacesetter appellation in acts and in deed.
“You should also use your time while in Saudi Arabia to beseech Almighty Allah on behalf of Oyo State and Nigeria for solutions to the numerous socio-political and economic problems confronting us as a people.
He assured Muslims and the entire Muslim community in Oyo State that this administration will make efforts to complete the abandoned projects within this Hajj Camp and make the camp more befitting for our use.
“Our administration will also ensure that pilgrims are airlifted from the Ibadan Airport, Alakia, in the nearest future, to further ease the stress our people go through on this journey, he added
He congratulated all the intending pilgrims for the holy pilgrimage to Makkah and Medinah and prayed for their safe journey to and fro in peace.