– The sum of N70 million has been approved as Sallah gift to 3,496 Sokoto state pilgrims in Saudi Arabia by Governor Aminu Tambuwal
– The gesture has been a tradition of the state government to its pilgrims, each year
– The state government has also commenced arrangements for the airlifting of the pilgrims back to Nigeria on Saturday, August 17 The sum of N70 million has been approved as Sallah gift to 3,496 Sokoto state pilgrims in Saudi Arabia by the state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. The development was made public in a statement released by Aminu Abdullahi Abubakar, the director of press to the Sokoto deputy governor, Daily Trust reports.
Abubakar added that the deputy governor, Manir Muhammad Dan’iya, also conveyed Tambuwal’s Sallah Message to the pilgrims. He said: “His Excellency, the governor of Sokoto state, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has graciously approved a token gift of R200 Saudi Riyals (N24,000) equivalent to the entire 3,496 pilgrims from Sokoto as Sallah gift to ease their stay in Makka, Saudi Arabia.
“This is to cut away some financial responsibilities to the pilgrims who need additional funds to eat and transport selves to religious sites.” The deputy governor also urged the pilgrims to vehemently pray for the state and nation’s continuous harmony, peace and tranquility. He added that as specified by the Nigerian Hajj Commission, arrangements were ongoing to commence the airlift of pilgrims back to Nigeria on Saturday, August 17.