2023 Hajj Slots: Azman Air Boss applaud Saudi Arabia, NAHCON Chairman
Azman Airline, has appreciated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for increasing the number of Nigerian Pilgrims to perform this year Hajj Exercise.
Azman Airline, Managing Director, Alhaji Faisal Abdulmanaf said the gesture is worth appreciating and a joy to every Muslim in the country.
Recalls that on 21st December, 2022, the Hajj and Umrah Commission of the Kingdom, through its director, Bahauddeen Bin Yusuf Alwani announced the increase of the number of Nigerian pilgrims to 95,000 and also lifted age limit and Covid-19 test on intending pilgrims.
Abdulmanaf said the development is an opportunity for intending pilgrims in the country that are willing to perform the 2023 Hajj exercise, adding that Azman Air is preparing and getting ready to airlift them to the Kingdom in good condition as it is known for.
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Speaking to journalists in Kano, on Wednesday, the managing director said they recorded success during last year’s Hajj exercise, despite the threat they faced in Kano which was meant to halt their operation.
“Some people attempted to replace Azman Air with another airline during the 2022 Hajj operation in Kano, despite the fact that we were approved to conduct the airlift legally. But they were not successful and we have done our best and delivered the pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“It was surprising that some even accused the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) over the failure experienced in Kano which was not the fault of NAHCON. I think the Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Alhaji Zikirullah Hassan deserved to be commended for the excellent job he has done towards ensuring the success of the Hajj exercise.”
He added that some enemies thought that Azman Air cannot perform the duties assigned to them in Kano, but God has helped them to do so, and that NAHCON added some number of pilgrims to them after successfully airlifting the previous ones.
It could be recalled that Kano state government had attributed the failure experienced during the 2022 exercise in the state to NAHCON, a claim it refuted severally.
However, Alhaji Faisal Abdulmanaf condoles the families of the Managing Director of Max Air, Late Alhaji Bashir Mangal, who died recently.
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