Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has given Sallah gifts worth N70m to 3,496 pilgrims currently performing the 2019 hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
The State Amirul Hajj, who is also the Deputy Governor, Manir Dan’iya, made this known via an electronic message, sent to The PUNCH, by his Director of Press, Aminu Abubakar.
The deputy governor said, “His Excellency the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has graciously approved a token gift of R200 Saudi Riyals, equivalent of N24,000 each to the 3,496 pilgrims from Sokoto as Sallah gift to ease their stay in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
“This gesture is to ease the financial difficulties of the pilgrims who are in need of additional funds to eat and transport themselves to religious sites. This is also done in continuation of the tradition of the Sokoto State Government to its pilgrims each year.”
The Amirul Hajj, who conveyed Tambuwal’s Sallah message to the pilgrims, also enjoined them to pray for continued harmony, peace and tranquility in the state in particular and in Nigeria in general.
He said all arrangements were on top gear to commence the airlift of pilgrims back home.