From Lateef Dada, Osogbo

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has laid a foundation for the building of a Muslim pilgrim camp in Osogbo, the state capital.

He expressed displeasure that Osun, after its 33 years of creation and with the impacts of Muslims, did not have a camp for the pilgrims.

“Why will it be only Osun State that does not have a camp for pilgrims? I pronounced it two days ago and we are here today (Monday) to the glory of Allah, laying the foundation.

“Since we have laid the foundation, work starts immediately, so that they will be happy anytime they are going to Hajj. They will gather here, and relax before they embark and after the journey,” Adeleke said.

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He promised that his government would assist the pilgrims amidst the high cost of things.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Rasheed Aderigbigbe, commended the governor for breaking the jinx of many years, noting that it is only Osun that does not have a Hajj camp in the entire Southwest.

He said, “Let me state categorically, that Osun state remains the only state that has no Hajj Transit Camp in the Southwest. For the purpose of easy movement of Pilgrims and accommodation before the movement to the airport, hajj camp is necessary and indeed imperative.”

He applauded religious leaders under the leadership of the Chief Imam of Osogbo who doubles as the grand Imam of Osun State, Sheik Musa Animasahun for their support to the government as he solicited support for their continued support for the administration.