The last batch of intending pilgrims from Bauchi State, numbering 545, have been airlifted to Saudi Arabia for the 2019 hajj exercise.
The pilgrims left for Madina in the earlier hours of Sunday from the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.
180 of the pilgrims for the last batch were from Plateau, while the remaining 365 were from Bauchi State.
Among the pilgrims were the Bauchi State Governor, Sen. Bala Muhammad, his deputy, Sen. Baba Tela and the acting Executive Secretary, State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Kasim Shall.
Others were members of the State Hajj Steering Committee and officials of the board.
Speaking with newsmen before their take-off, the governor reaffirmed his administration’s commitment towards fulfilling its campaign promises.
Muhammed reiterated his resolve to introduce more programmes aimed at improving the lives of the people of the state.
He called on the people of the state to continue to support his administration in its quest at taking the state to greater heights.
The governor also called on the pilgrims to refrain from acts that could tarnish the image of the country.
He then enjoined them to use the opportunity of their presence in the Holyland to pray for themselves, families, the state and Nigeria at large.