Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday urged intending pilgrims from the State to this year’s Hajj exercise to be good ambassadors of the state just as he assured them of adequate welfare package.
The Governor said this while declaring open a seminar for intending pilgrims held at the LTV Blue Roof, Agidingbi, Lagos.
He urged them to take advantage of the various lectures and orientation programmes put together for the spiritual development of all intending pilgrims, adding that they should be mindful of the image of the state and country during their interactions with fellow pilgrims and others in the holy land.
The Governor said it was gratifying that of the 66,000 pilgrims from Nigeria to this year’s Hajj, 3,047 are residents of Lagos, making the state the highest in the south west region.
He said the state is in dire need of men and women who have the fear of God and demonstrate religious tolerance and ready to sacrifice all they have for the growth and development of the state and nation in general.
“I am particularly hopeful that you will all take advantage of the spiritual benefit of Hajj to imbibe the exalted qualities of the holy Prophet Muhammed.
“More than ever, our state is in dire need of men and women who have the fear of God; who demonstrate religious tolerance; who are selfless, peaceful and charitable and men and women who are ready to sacrifice all they have for the growth and development of our state and nation in general”, the Governor said.
He said he approved several welfare packages to ensure that the safety and security of all pilgrims from the state are safeguarded and not endangered.
Earlier in his lecture, Guest Lecturer, Dr. Tajudeen Yusuf, who spoke on the theme titled ”Socio-Economic and Ambassadorial Implications of Hajj”, urged the pilgrims to be good ambassadors urging them to comport themselves while on the exercise.