UPDATED: Oyo deputy gov observes Zuhr in Madinah, prays for Gov. Makinde, others 

The deputy governor of Oyo state, Barrister Abdul-raheem Adebayo Lawal on Monday departed Nigeria for Saudi Arabia for this year’s pilgrimage to join Oyo state pilgrims contingent and other Muslims around the world who had been in the holy land few weeks ago for the mandatory service.

Lawal, who is also the Amirul-hajj for Oyo state, was spotted about some minutes ago arriving Masjid Al-nabawiy Madina to observe Solatul-zuhr. 

It was gathered that he prayed fervently for his principal, Seyi Makinde as well as praying for his government, Oyo state and Nigeria for peace, harmony, and calm to rule supreme after the four Rakat.

The deputy governor visited the first mosque built by prophet Muhammad in Medinah. The mosque also known as Masjid Quba was the first to be built by the Holy Prohet on arrival at Medinah after Hijrah.

The Amirul Hajj who had a former First Lady of Oyo state, Alhaja Mutiat Ladoja and a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu on his entourage observed two Rakat prayers in the mosque to seek Allah’s favour for the State Governor, Engr.Seyi Makinde, Oyo State and the entire country.

Barr. Lawal also visited the historical mosque where prophet Muhammad received instruction to change the direction he was facing during prayer to Kaaba. The mosque is known as Qiblatain

Earlier, Lawal had told the pilgrims of Oyo that the state government had made sufficient preparations in Saudi Arabia to ensure that they could fulfill their religious obligations without interference. 

He gave the assurance while presenting visas to 19 stranded Oyo intending pilgrims after weeks of challenges and delays in processing. 

The deputy governor called on other pilgrims to pray for Governor Makinde and his administration to be successful in carrying out the constitutional responsibilities while also assuring of the government’s continuous support.

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