By Fatima Muraina
The 127 Ondo state pilgrims who performed the 2018 hajj in Saudi Arabia would be back home before the week runs out.
The Chairman of the State Muslim Welfare Board Alhaji Khaleel Fawehinmi disclosed this in a telephone chat with The Hope yesterday.
Fawehinmi said the pilgrims will arrive the state before weekend if the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) fulfills its promise saying that the pilgrims are looking forward to returning home after the completion of their religious obligation in the Holy land.
Fawehinmi who is also the Seriki Musulumi of Ondo State said that the faithful held special prayer sessions for the government and people of Ondo state despite the fringes of the rigorous hajj exercise.
He expressed the belief that Allah will intervene in guiding political, religious and traditional rulers in making the right decisions for the progress of the entire society, the state and the country at large.
Fawehinmi averred that the Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtan Muhammad had re-affirmed that adequate preparations was in place to ensure early return of every Nigerian pilgrim while on a visit to the residential locations of pilgrims from the South West Geopolitical zone in the Holy land.
He further explained that the state pilgrims enjoyed smooth transit from Makkah to Madinah where they made historical visitations to places including the Prophet’s Mosque .
He commended the pilgrims for conducting themselves in an orderly manner in line with the ethics and mannerism of the Sunshine State.
Fawehinmi while commending the NAHCON team for the visit which he described as a morale booster however cautioned the pilgrims against violating the order limiting their luggage to 32 kilogrammes with additional eight -kilogrammes hand luggage totalling 40 kilogrammes per individual to avoid any unnecessary delay which may crop up due to excess luggages.
It would be recalled that NAHCON Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad who was represented by the National Commissioner in charge of Personnel, Policy and Finance, Alhaji Yusuf Adebayo Ibrahim had on Thursday during the inspection of hotels where pilgrims from Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo, Osun, Ogun and Lagos states lodged vowed that no pilgrim would stay for more than four weeks in the Holy land as stipulated by Saudi authorities.