By Muhammad Hadi


Pilgrims from Niger State have been advised not to admit Zamzam water into their luggage while on return journey back home from Saudi Arabia and should adhere strictly to the laws governing 32kg main and 8kg hand luggage, if Zamzam water was detected in any of the luggage, it would be dismantled and the Zamzam removed by the airliner.
The advice was handed down to the state pilgrims by the state Amirul Hajj, Engr. Inuwa Musa Kuta when he paid an unscheduled visit to the pilgrims at their accommodations in Makkah, yesterday.
The Amirul Hajj in company of his team, management of the state pilgrims welfare board and the media team went round.
Engr. Kuta used the opportunity to appeal to the state pilgrims to exercise patience as everybody would be transported back home in the next two weeks, as according to him, after the Hajj exercise, what every pilgrim wants was to see himself reunited with his/her family; he then warned that pilgrims should not indulge in actions that may expiate their Hajj, adding that the return journey would be in batches, those that come with the first flight would return with the first flight. Eventually, every pilgrim will go home in their scheduled flight as there would be no shunting or preferential treatment.
The Amirul Hajj also reminded the pilgrims of the need to pray for their leaders, the state and the country in general for the return of peace and tranquility.
In an earlier remark by the Executive Secretary, Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alh. Umar Makun Lapai, thanked almighty Allah for His Grace by sparing the lives of all the pilgrims to witness and participate in this year’s pilgrimage and in sound health, where all the pilgrims attended and participated at the stay in Arafat, which according to him, any pilgrim who failed to attend the Arafat is like he has toured Cotonou or Dubai, he has to repeat his Hajj next year.
Alh. Makun further stated why the Amirul Hajj was on tour to all the pilgrims to ascertain their level of satisfaction under his leadership and to listen to complaints and grievances if any, from the pilgrims and also share their feelings and rub minds on the way forward.
He reminded them on the state government’s assistance to all the 3,291 pilgrims, where the governor provided bags, uniforms and 200 SR free of charge, he then called on all pilgrims to acknowledge the good gesture.
Pilgrims from Rafi, Chanchaga and Lapai took turn to appreciate the good gesture extended to them by both the state governor, the Amirul Hajj team and wife of the governor. They therefore prayed to Allah to accept our work as an act of Ibadat.
One pilgrim from Katcha Local Government Area of the state was declared missing, a special prayer was therefore solicited for his safe return.