The Oyo State Government has assured residents that it would continue to ensure equity and fairness among all religious groups in the state.
The State Deputy Governor, Barrister Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Lawal gave this assurance while addressing Oyo pilgrims in Makkah on Saturday night.
Barrister Lawal, who is the Amirul Hajj of the state contingent, said the rights of Muslims and other religious groups would be respected.
“The present administration will continue to ensure that your rights as Muslims are well protected. And you will have your own fair share in the upcoming political appointments in the state”, he said.
The Amirul Hajj also assured that the welfare and safety of the pilgrims would be the major preoccupation of Government and the State Pilgrims Welfare Board.
He then announced his personal donation of an undisclosed sum of money to the pilgrims, numbering 1,446.
The Deputy Governor thereafter charged the pilgrims, who are preparing for their movement to Mina and ascension of Mount Arafat, to pray for peace and progress of the state and the nation while performing the hajj rites.
The State Pilgrims are scheduled to leave their hotels in Makkah for Mina on Sunday night in preparation for ascension of Mount Arafat and the three day symbolic stoning of Satan.
The pilgrims, alongside their counterparts from other parts of the world, are to converge on Mount Arafat next Tuesday. OYO NEWS