Hajj: Kaduna Completes Airlift of Over 4,000 Pilgrims

Kaduna State has successfully airlifted over 4,000 pilgrims to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia this year. The final batch of over 300 pilgrims, including the state’s Amirul Hajj and Emir of Lere, Eng. Sulaiman Umar, departed recently with other officials.Max Air was the designated airline for the Kaduna pilgrims.

Governor Uba Sani commended the officials of the state Pilgrims Welfare Agency for their diligence in ensuring the success of the 2024 Hajj. He urged them to ensure the pilgrims receive value for their money during their stay in Saudi Arabia. The Amirul Hajj conveyed the governor’s commendation while delivering a farewell message to the last batch of state pilgrims at the Mando Hajj camp on Monday.

Governor Sani thanked the agency officials for securing decent accommodations for the pilgrims at the best bargain, noting that other states had followed this example. He also highlighted the collaboration with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to secure good caterers, ensuring quality meals for the pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

Engr Umar reminded the intending pilgrims that Hajj is not just a journey to the Holy Land but an act of worship to be performed according to Islamic injunctions. He encouraged the pilgrims to follow the guidance of preachers and Hajj officials and to ask questions if needed.

The Executive Chairman of the Kaduna State Pilgrims Agency, Malam Salihu S. Abubakar, expressed gratitude to the governor for providing the necessary support to the agency. He also praised the Kaduna State pilgrims, the airline, and agency officials for adhering to the schedule throughout the Hajj airlift.

In his vote of thanks, Air Vice Marshall Mohammed Dabo (rtd), a member of the board, appreciated the media for their effective coverage and commended the personnel of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Customs, and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for promptly screening the intending pilgrims.


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