Governor Aliyu of Niger state has urged the state pilgrims to pray for the peace and progress of the country.
Speaking while addressing the 547 intending pilgrims for the state’s inaugural flight of pilgrims to Medina, Saudi Arabia, from the Minna International Airport for this year’s hajj he said to the pilgrims ‘Nigeria needs prayers for God to intervene and bring lasting peace’.
He stated further that without peace and stability, it will be almost impossible for government to achieve the needed economic and social development of the country.
Governor Aliyu attributed the peace of the country to prayers, noting that the country needs more prayers at this time, where it is facing security challenges.
Aliyu said the state government has provided a befitting accommodation for them close to the Holy Mosque in Makkah to ease the performance of their religious duties.
He said the government had secured direct flight for the pilgrims from Minna International to Medina Airport instead of Jeddah International Airport to reduce the long distance journey by road to Medina from Jeddah.
The Chairman of Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Commission, Justice Jibrin Ndajiwo, had earlier explained that the pilgrims consisted of people from Mashegu, Mariga, Katcha and Rijau as well as officials and the medical team.
He also admonished them to use the opportunity of the visit to the holy land for spiritual re-birth, which will turn their lives around for good.