Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger on Monday urged intending pilgrims from the state to Saudi Arabia, to pray for peace and stability in the country during their pilgrimage.
Aliyu made the appeal in Minna while addressing the first batch of 500 pilgrims from the state air-lifted to the Holy land.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Ibeto, said that Nigeria needed prayers to sustain its peaceful co-existence and stability, necessary for any meaningful development.
He also advised the pilgrims to obey the laws of their host country and exhibit exemplary conduct throughout their stay in Saudi Arabia.
He said that the state government had provided ?a befitting accommodation? for the pilgrims close to the holy mosque in Makkah, to ease the performance of their religious obligations.
Aliyu also told them that government had provided sufficient funds for the purchase of drugs to take care of their health during the exercise.
He said that in addition, government had secured direct flight for them from Minna International Airport to Medina Airport, instead of landing at the Jeddah International Airport, to eliminate the stress of travelling by road from Jeddah to Medina.
Earlier, the Chairman of Niger State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission, Justice Jibrin Ndajiwo, had said that the inaugural flight consisted of pilgrims from Mashegu, Mariga, Katcha and Rijau Local Government Areas, as well as officials and medical team.
He said that the air-lifting of the state’s contingent of 3, 265 pilgrims by Kabo Airline, would be concluded on September27.