Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, on Monday, appreciated the perseverance of the people of the state amid current economic challenges, assuring that the situation would improve in the next six months.
Speaking at the farewell ceremony for Muslim pilgrims at Hajj camp, Olodo, Ibadan, Ajimobi expressed optimism that the financial difficulties presently experienced were bound to cease.
“Oyo State will continue to progress. The financial difficulties that we are facing now due to the economic crunch will soon be over because all of us are bound to make sure that things improve.
“I believe in the next six months, things will change. And I thank the workers for coming back to work and everybody for supporting our government,” he said.
In his message to the 1,358 pilgrims from Oyo State, Ajimobi urged the pilgrims to serve God in their character and faithfully abide by the tenets of Islam, stating that the Hajj exercise was to serve God.
He prayed for journey mercies for the pilgrims.
Chairman, Oyo Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, Muslim Wing, Alhaji Taofeek Akewugbagold enjoined the pilgrims to be prepared for a rigorous Hajj exercise, saying “Hajj is not just for people to go to Saudi Arabia to buy silver or gold teeth and return to Nigeria.”