Abubakar Ahmadu Maishanu
The airlift of the second and last batch of intending pilgrims from Jigawa state for this year’s Hajj took place on Saturday at the Dutse International airport.
343 prospective pilgrims were airlifted to Saudi Arabia aboard Max-Air airline. The plane took off at exactly at 6:47 am Saturday morning.
Independent Hajj Reporter’s correpondent, who witnessed the departure reports that the screening exercise was conducted peacefully and in an orderly manner both at the hajj camp and at Dutse Airport.
The intending pilgrims were from nine local government areas of the state.
In an interview with the director operations of the Jigawa pilgrims Board Ahmed Umar Labbo, he pointed out that the local government areas include Roni, Yankwashi, Mallam Madori, kaugama and hadejia.
Others are Birniwa,Guri, Kirikasamma, Kazaure and those that paid their hajj fare through the headquarters of the board in Dutse as well as management staff of the jigawa state pilgrims welfare board.
In his farewell speech to the intending pilgrims at the airport before their departure, the state governor Mohammad Badaru urged them to pray for peace and progress of the state and the country in general while at the holy land.
Governor Badaru was represented by the Executive Secretary of the jigawa state pilgrims welfare board, Alhaji Sani Alhassan Muhammad.
The governor also called on the pilgrims to engage themselves into prayers and abide by the laid down rules of the Saudi authorities
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