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Lagos assures adequate arrangement for this year’s pilgrims

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Lagos State government has assured pilgrims from the state of adequate arrangements as this year’s Hajj properly begins today.

The Commissioner for Home Affairs and Amir-ul-Hajj, Ibrahim Layode said the state government had secured a befitting space for the pilgrims at Mina where they will be camped for the next few days to perform the proper Hajj ritual.

He described the last month of the lunar calendar as a sacred month and a time to increase in devotion, reflection, and acts of worship, while appealing to the pilgrims to take advantage of the period to pray for themselves, Lagos State and Nigeria.

Alhaji Layode said that the pilgrims would begin their movement to Mina which is the eighth day of Dhul-Hijjah from where they would proceed to the plain of Mount Arafah tomorrow and thereafter, they will depart to Musdalifah and Jamarat for throwing of pebbles.

The Commissioner added that the pilgrims would leave Mina tomorrow evening and return to Makkah where they would stay till they are airlifted back to Nigeria.

Also addressing the pilgrims, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Islamic matters, Dr. Ahmad Jebe praised them for their patience, perseverance and understanding, and their impressive conduct.

One thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine pilgrims from Lagos State are performing this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia.