Hajj 2018: Nasarawa state concludes airlift of pilgrims, others commence

Hajia Sani, Makkah- Saudi Arabia

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Nasarawa State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board says it has completed the airlift of it’s pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the 2018 Hajj.

Speaking on behalf of Malam Abubakar Hassan Nalaraba, chairman of the State Pilgrims’ Board, the spokesman, Abdulrazaq Muhammad, said: “all 651 intending pilgrims from the state were successfully airlifted to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage. On the 1st flight, 382 pilgrims were airlifted; the 2nd flight had on board 234 while the remaining 41 pilgrims joined a flight with Niger state pilgrims to Madina,” Abdulrazaq explained.

The chairman also applauded the leadership and team spirit of officials during preparations for the 2018 Hajj operations and urged them to replicate same in the Holy land.

Nasarawa state was the second to airlift its pilgrims from Nigeria, after the inaugural flight by Kogi state.

More pilgrims arrive
Meanwhile, airlift of more pilgrims from Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina, Niger, Oyo, Sokoto and Yobe states has continued.

NAHCON official logs show that on the 49th flight from Nigeria, 550 Adamawa Pilgrims and 3 officials were airlifted to Saudi Arabia, comprising 315 males and 235 females.

322 pilfrims from Yobe state have also landed in Madinah, with 237 males and 85 females on the 50th flight.

The 1st batch of 236 pilgrims from Oyo state were conveyed on board the 51st flight. They comprised 98 males and 138 females, while the 52nd flight had 542 pilgrims from Katsina and 1 official and included 282 males and 260 females.

On the 53rd flight from Maiduguri in Borno state, 315 pilgrims from Yobe state and 2 officials were airlifted to Madinah. The contingent had 221 males and 94 females.

From Jigawa state, another batch of 557 pilgrims and 3 officials have also arrived in Madinah on the 54th flight, with 360 males and 197 females.

540 Niger state pilgrims comprising 299 males and 241 females, as well as 1 pilgrim each from Kwara and Nasarawa states and 16 officials, arrived in Madinah on the 55th flight.

The 56th flight from Nigeria had a contingent of 175 pilgrims from Sokoto state made up 100 males and 75 females. 2 officials also came with the pilgrims.

From Gombe state, 555 pilgrims have landed in Madinah on the 57th flight. On board were 363 male and 192 female pilgrims, as well as 1 official.

‘Be good ambassadors’:
The 1st contingent from Gombe, numbering 559 and comprising 387 males and 172 females, arrived in Madinah in the early hours of Thursday on the 48th flight.

In his a farewell address before their departure, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo urged all the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and the country while in the Holy land.

He also advised them to abide by the rules and regulations of the Saudi Arabian authorities.

The Executive Secretary of Gombe State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, Alhaji Usman Gurama, said 1,200 pilgrims from Gombe, were expected to perform this year’s Hajj.

A 2nd contingent of 260 pilgrims from Oyo state, made up of 131 males, 129 females and 5 officials arrived in Madinah on the 58th flight.

On the 59th flight, 315 Lagos state pilgrims, made up of 100 males and 215 females, as well as 6 officials, have also touched down in Madinah.

From neighbouring Bauchi state, the 1st batch of 514 Bauchi Pilgrims, made of 310 males, 204 females and 10 officials have also landed in Madinah. They arrived on the 60th flight from Nigeria.