The ongoing airlift of the 2023 intending pilgrims from Katsina State has been going on successfully since it began on May 30, 2023.
The Executive Director of the Katsina State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Suleiman Nunu Kuki disclosed this to the Hajj Reporters on Thursday.
Kuki, in a statement by the board’s spokesman, Badaru Karofi, disclosed that no fewer than N3,011 pilgrims have been airlifted to the Holyland so far.
He said that the first batch of the pilgrims numbering 543 are from Daura and Mani zones, while the second flight of 547 pilgrims are from Mani and Malumfashi zone respectively.
He said that the third flights airlifted 546 pilgrims from Malumfashi zone and part of Funtua zone, while the fourth flight of 521 pilgrims is from Funtua zone.
“The fifth flights which conveyed our pilgrims with that of Kogi state intending pilgrims carried 321 Pilgrims from Funtua and Dutsinma zones.
“The sixth batch of Pilgrims numbering 539, who missed their flights due to visa problems, are from all the seven Zonal pilgrims’ offices in the state.
“Currently the first, second, third, fourth and fifth batches of the pilgrims from the state are in Makkah city after finishing their visitation to important places in Madina.
“All the Pilgrims from the state in Makkah have already performed their Umrah successfully, while 539 remaining batch six pilgrims are now in Madina for their visitation to important places according to Islamic rites.”
Kuki said that the state pilgrim’s welfare board/NAHCON and Max Air are set to airlifts the seventh batches of Pilgrims today.
“The Pilgrims came from Katsina zone which includes Batagarawa, Charanchi and Jibia local Government areas respectively.
The executive Director of the board Alhaji Suleiman Nuhu kuki expressed appreciation to the Governor of the state Malam Dikko Umar Radda for the support and cooperation for the success of the 2023 Hajj operation.
He also expressed gratitude to all stakeholders of the exercise and the Intending pilgrims for their patients always.
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