Oyo state pilgrims observing the 2022 Hajj Exercise in Saudi Arabia have offered special prayers for the continued good governance of Governor Seyi Makinde in Oyo State and peaceful co-existence in the nation.
This is contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun and made available to newsmen on Wednesday, 6 July, 2022, from Kaaba, Saudi Arabia.
The statement said the special prayers, which was performed at Kaaba, was led by the Vice Chairman, Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Muslim Wing, Dr. Ibrahim Adebolu.
He said the prayers had in attendance top government functionaries from Oyo State and pilgrims from other states who expressed pleasure at the efforts of the Oyo delegation.
According to him, “The last two batches of 2022 Oyo state Hajj exercise offered special prayers for Governor Makinde while observing our obligatory Tawaf (circumbulation around sacred kabba and walking at Saffa and Marwa).
The Chairman Pilgrims Welfare Board, Muslim wing, Prof Sayed Malik was represented by his deputy, Dr. Ibrahim Adebolu.
“Oyo State Pilgrims were joined by other well-wishers during the special prayer session for our amiable governor. We also prayed for our country, Nigeria, as well as peaceful coexistence of the nation,” the statement read.
Other state delegation at the prayer were, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun; the state Head of service, Mrs. Amidat Agboola; Alh Isah Abdul Kabir; the state Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof Musibau Babatunde; Alh. Adeyemi Abdul-rauf Sanusi; the state Commissioner for Education, Barr. Abdul Raheem Abdul Ramon; and the Special Assistant to the Governor on Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Abdul Rasheed Azeez.
He added that, “The pilgrims expressed delight at the good governance in Oyo state and also prayed to Allah to give Governor Makinde the grace to keep executing the mandate to develop our State.
“The pilgrims and State officials commended Gov. Seyi Makinde and the state Pilgrims Welfare Board, for the arrangements put in place to ensure a smooth and successful Hajj exercise,’’ Olatubosun added.