As pilgrims complete their Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia, Kaduna state governor yesterday doled out over 14 million naira to be shared among the 5, 717 pilgrims from the state that performed Hajj 2014 as Sallah gifts in the holy land.
It was gathered that each of the state pilgrims would receive 50 riyals, which is equivalent to 2, 500 naira.
Addressing the pilgrims at their tents in Muna, the state’s Amirul Hajj for 2014, AlhajiRabi’u Bako said the Sallah gift was given to the pilgrims because of their good conduct during the Hajj exercise.
“We are happy with your conducts, the governor too was happy with your good conduct during the Hajj exercise this is why he felt the need to give you the Sallah gifts so as to show his appreciation.
Therefore, each of the pilgrim would be given 50 riyals courtesy of governor Ramalan Yero as Sallah gift and we hope you will all continue to pray for him, state and country,” he said.
The money, the Amirul Hajj said, would be shared to the pilgrims through their pilgrims officers, warning that whoever didn’t get should report to him.
He also expressed satisfaction on the way and manner the pilgrims took their time to pray for the unity and stability of Nigeria at mount Arafat, saying Nigeria and Kaduna state really deserve their prayers so as to forge ahead.
Earlier in his remarks Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Director of Operations, Alhaji Abdullahi Umaru Kagarko described the feeding arrangement of pilgrims in Muna, Arafat as a success compared to last year’s arrangement.
He also commended the pilgrims for their discipline, attributing it to the fact that most of them are first timers as he appealed to state government to ensure that in future operations first timers are given more priority.