•Says: No state can surpass Lagos
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has expressed satisfaction on the facilities provided by the Lagos State Government to its 2,332 pilgrims in Mina, Saudi Arabia.
NAHCON officials led by Alhaji Abdullahi Saleh, Commissioner for Operation gave this remark during an official visit to Lagos Tent, stating that the provision of quality accommodation; indigenous food and the general welfare of pilgrims were incomparable and commendable.
Saleh congratulated the Akinwunmi Ambode led government and the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for provision of standard facilities during the hajj exercise, urging pilgrims to pray for the leadership of the Board.
In the same vein, Hajiya Aisha Muhammad said, “we have always been proud of Lagos State in the way they have assisted their pilgrims in terms of food, accommodation and their welfare and of course their regular standard enlightenment programmes.
“I want to appeal to pilgrims not to spend their money on gift to take back home, so that they don’t get stranded. Again be mindful of the weight of the luggage you can carry on the flight, bearing in mind that the big bag is 32kg while the small bag is 8kg. Anything above that will not be tolerated. This directive is neither from the Commission nor the Board. It is from the Saudi Authority. Don’t allow anybody to deceive you that they can wave it. We on our part are happy with Lagos State and on behalf of the Commission, we commend your efforts,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Honourable Commissioner for Home Affairs and Amir-ul-Hajj explained that the pilgrims on Thursday, 30th August, converged on the Plain of Arafat for supplications, seeking Allah’s forgiveness and mercies and prayed for themselves, their families, their Country and Lagos State in particular.
“I want to express the wishes of His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who after doing all that is required to guarantee your safety advised that you should take due advantage of the Day of Arafat to repent your sins and pray fervently for yourself , loved ones, leaders and the country”.
He explained that after Arafat, pilgrims proceeded to Musdalifah, where they observed their Magrib and Ishai prayers and slept overnight on Thursday. As the rites of hajj continue, Lagos pilgrims joined other Muslim faithful to observe the rites of throwing pebbles at Jamarat on Friday and Saturday, adding that this rite will be concluded on Sunday as Muslims all over the world celebrated Eid-ul-Adha.
All Pilgrims are expected to leave Mina before sunset same day for Makkah to complete the Hajj rites with tawaf-ul ifadah and Sa’e.
Meanwhile, Lagos pilgrims have arrived Makkah at the time of filling this report.