Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe has urged intending pilgrims of the state to be good ambassadors and prayerful in Saudi Arabia.

The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Mr. Charles Iliya, made the call during a farewell ceremony for the pilgrims at the weekend.

He advised them to abide by rules and regulations of the land for a successful and acceptable hajj.

He said: “I urge you to be worthy ambassadors of Gombe State and our great country by exhibiting high sense of responsibility and dedication to the Almighty Allah, and you should pray for peace, unity and prosperity of Gombe State in particular and the country in general.

“I advise you also not to engage in rioting, demonstration or disobedience or disregard of constituted authorities.”

In the same vein, the board chairman and Emir of Kaltugo, Alhaji Sale Muhammad, called on the pilgrims to be patient and co-operate with officials for the success of the exercise.

He advised them to be prayerful for themselves, the state, the North East and the country, especially on its economic challenges.

He said the state government has contributed positively to the success of the pilgrimage by, among other assistance, securing accommodation close to Mecca.

Also, the Amirul-Hajj, Alhaji Nasiru Nono, urged the pilgrims to abide by laws of the land.