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Jigawa State Pilgrims have been called upon to be good ambassadors of the state and the country while at the holy land.

Governor Badaru Abubakar made the call during a farewell address to the first batch of 542 intending pilgrims from the state at Dutse International airport.

He urged them to pray for peace, unity and progress in the country.

Alhaji Badaru Abubakar also called on the pilgrims to respect the laid down rules of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia while at the holy land.

He said prayers is the only solution to any problem, hence the need for them to pray for the state and Nigeria while in Saudi Arabia.

Shortly after the departure of the pilgrims, the Acting Executive Secretary of Jigawa State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Mustapha Umar Babura explained that the intending pilgrims were from 26 local government areas of the state.

He said the local government areas include Gwiwa, Babura, kafin hausa, Gagarawa, Buji, Birnin kudu, Gumel, Ringim, Hadejia, Kirikasamma, Guri, Dutse, Gwaram, Kaugama.

Others are Miga, Mallam Madori, Auyo, Birniwa, Sule Tankarkar, Garki, Maigatari, Jahun, Taura, Kiyawa and  Kazaure.

Alhaji Mustapha Umar pointed out that the flight also consists of some officials from the state pilgrims board, medical personnel and other critical stakeholders.

Reporting by Usman Zaria; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino