One hundred and seventy-one pilgrims from Oyo State have left Lagos on Sunday for Saudi Arabia to participate in this year’s Hajj.
On Friday, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State said that pilgrims from the state and other neighbouring states would from next year be flying to Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem from the Ibadan Airport.
He said: “This is the last time I will be attending the farewell programme for Hajj pilgrims as Governor. I’m proud to say that the pilgrims from Oyo State have exhibited high level of discipline and maturity. I should also inform you that we are making frantic efforts to ensure that our pilgrims are airlifted to Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem from Ibadan Airport, starting from next year. Pilgrims from neighbouring states will also benefit from the arrangement.
“You must be good ambassadors and role models. You must shun acts of immorality that are capable of tarnishing the image of the state. Let them, through you and your conduct, see that we are good and disciplined people in Oyo State.
“You must also have the spirit of forgiveness. Hold on to God, make the Quran your best friend and remember to pray for the state and the country in general.”