Don’t Bring Rivers, Nigeria To Disrepute, Gov Fubara Charges Hajj Pilgrims

...Stops over at site of gas tanker explosion in Obiri Ikwerre


Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara has charged pilgrims from Rivers State embarking on this year’s Hajj not to engage in acts that will bring the state and the country to disrepute, but be great ambassadors.

Governor Fubara also emphasized that the pilgrims should engage in special prayers that will bring blessings and development to the country, stating that the pilgrims were privileged to embark on the holy journey.

The Governor gave the charge while addressing the pilgrims in preparation for their airlift at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa on Tuesday.

“I wish you well and also say you’re privileged to embark on this holy journey. What you owe the country and State is prayers for a better country and better state. We believe strongly that you’re going to be good ambassadors to us. You will not do anything to bring any form of shame to us, so I want to join the Hajj Commission and every one that has supported in one way or the other to say journey mercy. Come back with blessings that will bring development and growth to our dear country.”

On his part, the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Muslim Pilgrims Board, Alhaji Diepriye Abdulrasaq commended Governor Fubara for his kind gesture to sponsor the pilgrims to this year’s Hajj, noting that without God and the Governor’s fatherly support the exercise would not have been successful.

He said the Muslim community in Rivers State were excited about the priority attention the Governor Fubara has given to the welfare of Muslims in the state since his assumption of office, and assured that Muslims will continue to be law abiding citizens and pray for Rivers State as a mark of gratitude for the Governor’s goodwill.

According to the Sole Administrator, this year’s Pilgrim consist of 45 state sponsored persons, while 5 are self sponsored.

Alhaji Abdulrasaq said Governor Fubara remains the first governor in the country to pay the required funds for the Rivers State contingents which has given them pride of place as they journey to the holy land, and promised to pray for him and the State.

Meanwhile Governor Siminalayi Fubara made a stop over on his way back from the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, at the Obiri Ikwerre interchange where there was a gas tanker accident and explosion that blocked access in that axis. He was briefed on the evacuation procedure which will take 12 hours.

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