The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged intending pilgrims to pray for peace and unity of Nigeria while in the holy land.
He made the call on Sunday in Sokoto at the commencement of training for Hajj officials from the 23 local government areas of the state.
The training was organised by the Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko Foundation and the Islamic Development Forum, Sokoto state chapter.
According to the Sultan: “They should also pray for themselves and the socio -economic prosperity of Nigeria. Nigeria belongs to all of us and we should fervently pray for sustainable peace and unity.”
Abubakar, who was represented by Alhaji Abdullahi Ahmed, said that Hajj was an important pillar of Islam which required those embarking on it to be knowledgeable of the rites.
Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari, the state deputy governor said that the state government was fully committed to ensure the success of this year’s Hajj.
Shagari, who is also the leader of the state’s delegation for the 2012 Hajj, appealed to the intending pilgrims to be law abiding and protect the integrity of the state and Nigeria while in the holy land. (NAN)