KOGI State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello on Thursday bade the state’s contingent to Mecca for this year’s hajj farewell, urging them to pray for the economic revival of the state and the quick recovery of the president, Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the spiritual rebirth of the citizens.
The governor gave the advice while congratulating the intending pilgrims during a farewell ceremony organized for the contingent at the Government House, Lokoja on Thursday.
He implored them to use the opportunity of their visit to the holy land to seek the face of God for positive change for the country’s depressing economy and spiritual rebirth in the land.
Bello said, “You should use this period to seek the face of your creator for this country, Nigeria and Kogi State in particular. This nation is going through a difficult period in her history as a sovereign nation.
“It is, therefore, the duty of all of us to intercede through prayers and supplications to Allah to give us the positive change we are yearning for and spiritual rejuvenation.
“Use this opportunity to serve Allah with sincere repentance and seek forgiveness from your past sins, because only God is the forgiver of sins. Please consider yourself as ambassadors of Kogi State and refrain from acts that will not glorify Almighty Allah.”
The governor assured the intending pilgrims that the state government would work with other regulatory authorities to ensure that their journey to and fro Mecca was memorable and hitch-free.
He admonished them to endure during the exercise and stay off sinful acts like drug trafficking, hard drug use, which, he said, could tarnish the image of their families as well as the state and the country.
Responding, the Kogi State Hajj Commission chairman, Shiekh Lukman Abdullahi Imam, saluted the courage and resilience of the governor in the face of the current economic meltdown and his ability to successfully paddle the canoe of the state at this critical period.
Shiekh Imam disclosed that the intending pilgrims would be airlifted on Friday to the holy land.
BY AMUDA DAN SULAIMAN FAB