Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, yesterday, charged the state delegation to the 2017 Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to be good ambassadors of the state.
Obaseki, who gave the charge during a visit to the 260 intending pilgrims at the Hajj Camp on Dumez Road, Benin, said: “The exercise you are about to embark on is a holy one, and one of the pillars of the Islamic religion. Don’t joke with it.
“You are courageous, upright, honest citizens of the state and I know you will demonstrate all these qualities in the Holy Land.”
Obaseki also disclosed that the late inauguration of the State Muslim Welfare Board was due to the efforts of some people to politicise the selection of the members.
In his response, Chairman of the Board, Alhaji Ibrahim Oyarekhua, said the governor’s visit was the first of its kind and a demonstration of the governor’s humility.
He appealed to the governor to provide the board with an official vehicle and a befitting Hajj Camp at the board’s office in the state capital.