BY AMOS TAUNA, KADUNA – The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board on Wednesday said it has so far airlifted a total of 5,571 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the 2017 Hajj out of the 6,778 from the state.
The board’s spokesman, Yunusa Muhammad Abdullahi, told newsmen in Kaduna that the remaining intending pilgrims would be transported in the next few days.
He said 3,931 males and 1,640 females were transported by the two airlines engaged by the state, explaining that Med-View Airline had transported 3,362 intending pilgrims in 10 flights, while Max Air had transported 2, 209 pilgrims in four flights.
Abdullahi also said that Governor Nasir el-Rufai had visited the Hajj transit camp on Tuesday evening, where he expressed satisfaction with the ongoing airlift operation.
“The governor wished the pilgrims Hajj ‘Mabrur’ and urged them to pray for the state, nation and the health of our President, Muhammadu Buhari and be good ambassadors of the state while in the Holy land”.
The Overseer of the Board, Imam Hussaini Sulaiman Tshoho, said that no fewer than 6,778 intending pilgrims are expected to perform the pilgrimage from the state.
He said that the board had made all necessary arrangements to ensure the security and comfort of the pilgrims.
Tshoho urged the pilgrims to focus on their spiritual obligations while in the Holy Land and serve as good ambassadors of Nigeria.