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Yuguda admonishes intending pilgrims on illegal drugs

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Written by Saliu Gbadamosi, Bauchi


Friday, 12 October 2012

BAUCHI State governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, has warned intending pilgrims from the state to this year’s Hajj to desist from any act capable of tarnishing the image of Nigeria.

Mallam Yuguda warned them not to carry illegal substances to Saudi Arabia, saying this carries death penalty.

Speaking at a farewell ceremony held for the intending pilgrims in Bauchi, the governor, advised them to be of good behaviour before, during and after the Hajj exercise, adding that they have to abide by the rules and regulations set out by the Saudi Arabian authorities.

Represented by the state deputy governor, Alhaji Sagir Aminu Saleh, the governor emphasised the need for the intending pilgrims not to be found wanting during the exercise in the holy land and not to do any thing that would undermine the intergrity of the country.

“We warn all the intending pilgrims not to be involved in drug smuggling because we all know that drug smuggling in Saudi Arabia carries death sentence. So we advice them strongly to desist from that.

“Do not misbehave while embarking on this exercise. Anyone found wanting would be prosecuted, such misbehaviours include trafficking of illicit drugs and engaging in other acts capable of tarnishing the country’s image,” the governor said.

Governor Yuguda assured the state’s intending pilgrims that the state government had made adequate provisions for their general wellbeing in Saudi Arabi during the Hajj exercise.

Speaking earlier, the state’s Amirul Hajj, who is the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaimanu Adamu, commended the Yuguda administration for making adequate provisions for the welfare of the state pilgrims and called on the intending pilgrims to see Hajj exercise as a spiritual exercise and as such they should take it serious and abide by the rules and regulations guiding the exercise.

Also spaeking, the Special Adviser to the governor on Hajj Affairs, Alhaji Sanusi Isa Sarkin Aska, praised the state government for its tremendous support for the state pilgrims and informed that about 3,678 intending pilgrims from Bauchi State would join millions of Muslims from across the world to perform this year’s Hajj.

Meanwhile, the last batch of the intending pilgrims from Bauchi State is expected to be airlifted tommorow from the Gombe International Airport, from where other batches had been airlifted to Saudi Arabia.

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