The Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board says the first batch of intending pilgrims from the state will be airlifted to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on May 26.
The Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdukadri Sambaki, announced this while speaking during the enlightenment programme for intending pilgrims held at the board premises, Islamic Village, Adewole area, Ilorin.
He disclosed that the distribution of bags and uniform would begin on May 24.
The executive scribe added that the pilgrims would be vaccinated on May 23.
Abdulkadri advised the intending pilgrims to be law abiding and have good intention of going there to serve God.
He however warned them against engaging in acts capable of tarnishing Nigeria’s image.
“We enjoin you to avoid fighting with anybody, avoid indecent dressing and avoid the use of abusive words in the holy land,” he said.
Dr Sambaki also advised intending pilgrims to be law abiding and conscious of Allah in all their undertakings while in Nigeria and the holy land.
“They should abide by the law of Nigeria and Saudi Arabia authorities because there is no room for disobedience for all intending pilgrims,” he said.
He said that 3,740 pilgrims would perform this year’s Hajj from the state.
The Officer in-charge of the state National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Ilorin airport, Hajia Abibat Babaita, also cautioned them not to go to Saudi Arabia with illicit drugs.
She urged them not to go to Saudi Arabia with contraband drugs like cocaine, lexotan and tramadol, among others.
Babaita said that any intending pilgrim on recommended drugs should come with doctor’s prescription and not go with commercial quantity.