A total of 1,100 out of the 1,985 registered Pilgrims from Bauchi state for this year’s pilgrimage have so far been airlifted to Madina in two flights.
The third and fourth flights are expected to be conducted consecutively, said the spokesperson of Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mohammed Sani Yunusa in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement said the second flight from the state, MaxAir VM3005 landed at the Prince Abdallah Bn Mohammed international Airport Madina, in the morning hours of Tuesday,30th July 2019 by 8:15 am Saudi Arabian time with 550 pilgrims comprising 340 men and 210 female.
”Majority of the pilgrims were from Bauchi North Senatorial Zone, which comprises of Katagum, Zaki, Gamawa, Itas Gadau, Jamaare, Shira, Giade and Bauchi Local Government Areas.
”There were also few pilgrims who paid their hajj fare through the Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board Headquarters, ” Mr Yunusa said.
The second flight, he said, was also received warmly by officials of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Bauchi State Muslim pilgrims welfare Board and the students of the Islamic University of Madina who are mainly indigenes of Bauchi state.
”The pilgrims were accommodated at the same hotel with those of the first flight after which they proceeded to the Masjiidil Naby where they performed Zuhr and Asr prayers, ” he said.
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