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Pray For Nigeria, Kwara State, Governor AbdulRazak Tells Pilgrims


BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU, LAGOS 

Contingent to the holy pilgrimage from Kwara State, Nigeria, were on Wednesday (yesterday) charged by the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to ensure they pray for Nigeria alongside the state for its progress as a whole.

According to the governor while addressing the pilgrims in the early hours of Wednesday as the state's last batch was set to fly to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage, “I have come to see you off. I have come to bid you farewell to the Holy Land. Don't forget Kwara when you get there. 

“Don't forget Nigeria. Pray for us. Pray for the progress of our state." 

In a statement issued by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, AbdulRazaq prayed to God to accept the Hajj rites of the intending pilgrims who he urged to be good ambassadors of the state.

In his reaction, the head of Kwara State contingent, Alhaji L'Azizi Jimoh, thanked Governor AbdulRazaq for the visit which he described as the first of such by any Governor of the state.

He said, "This is the first time a Governor will come here to personally bid farewell to the pilgrims. We are grateful."

A total of 2,026 persons are performing the holy pilgrimage from Kwara in 2019.

Wednesday's flight -- involving 365 pilgrims -- was the last from the state as the world prepares for the annual religious rites.

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