Abuja – The Lagos State Government has denied sponsorship of pilgrims for this year's Hajj, contrary to media reports.
The Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on 2015 Hajj, AbdulLateef Abdul Hakeem, distanced the administration from such sponsorships.
“I wish to inform the general public that Lagos State has not sponsored or intend to sponsor any pilgrim for the 2015 hajj operations, what we were mandated to do is to coordinate the affairs of all intending pilgrims for this year’s Hajj,” Hakeem said.
He added that the state's involvement in the pilgrimmage, scheduled for September 21, as a responsive and responsible government was limited to medical and general welfare.
He added that the state's involvement in the pilgrimmage,
scheduled for September 21, as a responsive and responsible government was
limited to medical and general welfare.
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“We are giving support by providing welfare personnel,
medical officials and clerics to guide them (pilgrims) and ensure that they
remain good ambassadors," said Hakeem.
He said Lagos State Government recognised the fact that
pilgrimage was a private affair of individuals but the primary essence of
governance was to ensure the welfare of the people within and outside the state
so that they remained law abiding.
Hakeem urged all intending pilgrims to expect hitch- free
Hajj operations and be good ambassadors of the state.
Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a
mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in
their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable
of undertaking the journey.
The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th (or in some
cases 13th) of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar.
- CAJ News