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NigeriaN news: Sultan of Sokoto kicks off 2010 Hajj Airlift

Ahaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto, who is also the Amirul Hajj, Ahaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, flagged of the airlift off Hajj 2010 pilgrims to the holy land  in Lagos.

The Sultan, in companyof the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, enjoined Muslim pilgrims to this year’s hajj to pray for Nigeria to come out of the woods.

Speaking at the Hajj Camp of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos yesterday, the Sultan said that the country needed much prayer at this time.

“We want you to co-operate with the Saudi Arabian authorities and shun any act that is bad. Also hajj is a religious obligation and not an avenue to go shopping. Whatever you want to buy in Saudi Arabia can be bought in Nigeria at a better quality; so save your funds,” he stressed.

He also warned them to be careful saying hajj is a “sweet but difficult exercise.”

On his part, Governor Fashola charged the pilgrims to pray for the country pointing out that hajj is a spiritual-based exercise.

He also implored them to adhere strictly to the laws in the holy land and be of good conduct.

About 510 pilgrims left Lagos for Saudi Arabia. It was gathered that about 82,000 would perform the hajj this year.