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FG airlifts last batch of pilgrims from South Arabia

By Sodiq Omolaoye (Abuja) and Shakirah Adunola (Makkah, Saudi Arabia)
08 August 2022   |   2:35 am
National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), yesterday, concluded airlifting of Nigeria’s 2022 pilgrims from Saudi Arabia.

[FILES] Arrival of pilgrims

National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), yesterday, concluded airlifting of Nigeria’s 2022 pilgrims from Saudi Arabia.

The last flight, an Azman Air with 319 pilgrims from Kaduna, Kano states and NAHCON officials departed King Abdul Aziz International Airport Jeddah at about 12:00p.m. on Sunday (August 7).

The trip signifies the end of 2022 hajj operations from Nigeria, as some 43,008 Nigerians undertook the yearly religious exercise.

Head, Public Affairs of the commission, Fatima Usara, in a statement, said the last flight “is coming six days ahead of the deadline of hajj airlifting as set by the Saudi authorities, and three days ahead of NAHCON’s planned deadline of August 10, 2022.”

According to her, in over three weeks of activities, only two flight cancellations were recorded with a maximum delay of six hours.

Usara quoted the chairman of the commission, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, as attributing the success of the return trip to God.