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First batch of Lagos Umrah pilgrims depart tonight

*Elegushi urges them to pray for State, Nigeria





As the 2022/1443 A. H. Umrah (lesser Hajj) intending pilgrims from Lagos State prepare to depart the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos tonight for Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj, Hon. Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi has urged the pilgrims to pray fervently for the State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat as well as the Federal Government, during the exercise.

The Commissioner made the appeal Sunday, during a One-day seminar organized by the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for the intending pilgrims at the Shamsi Adisa Thomas (SAT) Mosque, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.

The first batch of 50 Lagos intending pilgrims are billed to depart from Nigeria to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Monday 18th April, 2022 while others will depart on Tuesday 19th of the same month and return home after the Eid-el-Fitr sallah.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Whenu Sewedo Oluseyi (right) addressing the Intending pilgrims. With him are; The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Alh. Kamaldeen Olowoshago; (middle) and Board Secretary, Imam Abdulhakeem Kosoko (left) during A One-day Seminar for 2022/1443A.H. Umrah Intending Pilgrims at Shamsi Adisa Thomas (SAT) Mosque, Old Secretariat, Ikeja on the 17th April, 2022.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Whenu Sewedo Oluseyi, Elegushi reiterated his believe in the capacity of the pilgrims to pray to Allah against all the challenges bedeviling the nation, such as insecurity, kidnapping, banditry, incessant killings and economic downturn, amongst others.

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He expressed hope that all the prayers offered by the pilgrims would be answered and all the challenges facing the nation surmounted considering the fact that the blessed month of Ramadan is significant and synonymous with Allah’s mercy, blessings and forgiveness.

The Commissioner also used the occasion to appeal to the intending pilgrims to be good Ambassadors of the State, obey all the rules and regulations guiding their stay in the Holy land and avoid involving themselves in any illegal dealings.

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The Board Chairman, Engr. Shakir Ayinde Gafar thanked the intending pilgrims for choosing to perform the lesser Hajj with the State. He assured them that they would not regret their action, as the Board is poised to offer them the best of service.
He thereafter presented the travel documents to each of the intending pilgrims, urging them to get to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, at least five hours for check-in before departure time.

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Speaking on the topic, Procedures and processes of Umrah and its benefits to Muslims, the Chairman of Ulamah (Muslim Clerics) of the Board, Alhaji Muhsin Ajagbemokeferi, exposed the participants to the nitty-gritty and all they needed to know about the exercise as prescribed by the Holy Prophet Mohammad in the Holy Qur’an.

Cross session of Umrah Intending Pilgrims on ground.

He urged them to follow all the instructions of the Board in their conducts while in the Kingdom and not to be involved in any act inimical to Islamic teachings.
In their goodwill messages, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Kamaldeen Olowoshago as well as other Board members which includes, Dr. (Mrs.) Faosat Dabiri, Hon. Shonibare AbdulWaheed Lolade, Alhaji Yusuf Ara, Prof. AbdulKabir Paramole and Alhaji Mojeed Sanni wished the intending pilgrims Allah’s protection, spiritually rewarding exercise and journey mercy to and fro Saudi Arabia.


The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Alh. Kamaldeen Olowoshago, addressing participants at the seminar. With him are the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Whenu Sewedo Oluseyi (2nd right); Board Member, Dr. (Mrs.) Faisat Dabiri (1st right); Board Secretary, Imam Abdulhakeem Kosoko (3rd left); Board Member, Alh. Yusuf Ara (2nd left) and Olorogun Atebo of Lagos, Alh. Yusuf -Akinlaja Taliat Ajayi (3rd left) during the One-day Seminar for 2022/1443A.H. Umrah Intending Pilgrims at Shamsi Adisa Thomas (SAT) Mosque Old Secretariat Ikeja on the 17th April, 2022.p
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