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Hajj 2024: Pilgrims Pray For Lagos State, Appreciate Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat



Lagos State Pilgrims currently observing the 2024 Hajj exercise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are acknowledging the gestures of the State leadership with fervent prayers in the Holy land.
Cablenews24 reports that this comes as the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Hon Ibrahim Layode broke the news that the promises made by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Kadri Hamzat, before their departure from Lagos have all been fulfilled.
Layode, who is also the Lagos State Amir-ul-Hajj for 2024 Hajj exercise, stated this while addressing the pilgrims on his arrival in Makkah.
This Online News Medium gathered that he informed the pilgrims that the promises made by Mr. Governor to pay for their sacrificial rams, monetization of their Ihram clothes as well as ziyyarah (visitation) to historical sites in both Makkah and Madinah have been catered for.
The Commissioner added that the Governor also gave each of them another 100 Saudi Riyals as pocket money for their stay in Muna and Arafah in addition to the $100 shortfall in the Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) for pilgrims on the third and forth batches who are yet to collect theirs.
The Amiru-ul-Hajj appealed to the pilgrims to comply with the rules and regulations spread out by the Saudi authorities in respect of this year’s Hajj rituals.
He said  “The rules are very strict because the authorities does not want any body with ordinary visiting visa around Muna and Arafah, except those with certified Hajj visa. Do not to overstressed yourself before the commencement of the real Hajj rituals in Muna, Arafah, Musdalifah and Jamarat (site for throwing of pebbles), as the state has enough drugs to be administered to all of you by the medical team if the need arises.”
“I came along with the monies to fulfill all the pledges for the pilgrims on behalf of Mr. Governor, stressing that they needed to do was to reciprocate the kind gestures with fervent prayers for Mr. Governor, his deputy and the state in general.”
He also encouraged them to cooperate fully with the government officials, saying this would make all the plans put in place by the state government towards achieving a successful operation come to manifestation.
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