By Dupson Collins, 19th August, 2022

The Sarkin Shasha Community in Oba Ile, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, Alhaji Shehu Abdulahi Dangari has commended the Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN for ensuring that this year Holy Pilgrimage to Mecca was a successful one.

Speaking with Newsnen in his Palace, Seriki stated that the governor made sure that he gave Pilgrimage from Ondo State maximum support which enhanced smooth and hitch free Hajji in the Holy land of Mecca.

He equally stated that the Muslim Welfare Board put in place by the governor is one of the best in Nigeria if the pedigree of the Chairman, Secretary and other Board Members are anything to go by.

He stated that the journey to Mecca took the Ondo State Pilgrimages to Ilorin where they were eventually airlifted to Mecca.He however stated that the little delay at Ilorin was due to Visa issues which the Board Chairman addressed with the National Hajji Commission in Abuja without much delay.

“Though the cause of the delay was not from the Ondo State Government or the Board Chairman but he apologized to us about the development”.

However, we eventually landed in Medina, spent five days as we observed the Jummat Service on Friday while on Saturday we travelled to Mecca.

” We went to every important places in the Holy land including Arafat and other places of interest and all along our Chairman was with us.He stayed, ate and slept with us. He is indeed a very good leader, he never left us alone throughout the journey and was very accommodating”.

He commended Engineer Raimi Aminu, Ondo State Commissioner for Works for his concern over their welfare. “He usually call us constantly through our Chairman to ask about our well beings and true position of things as far as the Pilgrimage is concerned, before, during and after the Hajji”.

Alhaji Dangari who was in a state of euphoria described Mecca as the best city in the world if the infrastructure put in place their is anything to go by.

” In his words: “there is twenty four hours electricity supply, smooth, tarred and accessible roads, very cheap goods and services, good currency, good security,every where full of air-conditioning among other development too numerous to mention “he explained.

” I must equally thank the Ondo State Muslim Welfare Board for ensuring that my passport and other luggages got to me on time even in my house when I least expected.The Secretary of the board brought the item with Hillux Van,this is the best thing that has ever happened to me personally.I filled highly honoured and respected.The action of the board actually showed that they are true leaders indeed, “Sarkin expressed his thankfulness.

In the same vein, he commended the leadership of Shasha Community for being in charge of the affairs of the community during his journey to Mecca.

” We got to Ilorin around 3;30pm,we were told that we can only collect our bags and other luggages the following day. Already my people were waiting anxiously to receive me and I took off to Akure that evening; this prompted the Secretary to deliver my passport and luggages to me later,may Allah continue to honour and bless you, the Chairman and your team all the time”.

He mentioned that he was the only Hausa man among the Pilgrims that travelled to Mecca from Ondo State, saying it was a rare privilege and it shows that the government and people of Ondo State actually love him.

He promised not to disappoint the people of the state, adding that he will never take his closeness to the Deji of Akure and Oloba of Oba Ile for granted. ” This two Royal Fathers are just like my father”.

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