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Published On: Mon, Jul 30th, 2018

Hajj: Be good ambassadors, Bello urges FCT pilgrims

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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello has implored Muslim pilgrims from the Territory to be good ambassadors of FCT and Nigeria at large while performing this year’s Hajj in the Saudi Arabia.
Bello gave this charge while addressing FCT contingents for 2018 Hajj exercise during a brief farewell ceremony, marking their departure for the annual religious exercise, last week.
He warned them to “remember to abide strictly by the laws in the holy land of Saudi Arabia.”
The Minister, who was represented by Secretary, Social Development, Oladimeji Ali-Hassan, reminded the intending pilgrims to be grateful to the “almighty Allah for granting them the privilege to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam.
He said:”You are ambassadors of the FCT in particular, and Nigeria at large. I therefore urge you stay away from all acts that will tarnish the image of our country.
“Do not forget that we will monitor you and we will not hesitate to sanction anyone found wanting. As you go to the holiest cities in the world, Mecca and Medina, take this assignment as an assignment from Allah.”
Commending FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (FCT-MPWB) and other stakeholders for a successful preparation, the minister expressed hope that the FCT would win more awards of excellence from National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), for staging successful Hajj operations.
Earlier, Director of FCT-MPWB, Malam Muhammad Bashir explained that the Board recorded a hitch-free preparation due to early release of funds by the FCT Administration, which enabled it to carry out necessary requirements by Saudi Arabia.
Bashir said the Board was able to register no fewer than 1,500 intending pilgrims, representing 70 percent of the 2,115 seats allocated to the FCT by the NAHCON.
The Director therefore reiterated the need for the intending pilgrims “to be responsive and avoid reckless spending in the holy land, and also have the fear of Allah.”

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