Hajj 2019: NAHCON Concludes Pilgrims Airlift 2nd August

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The airlift of Nigerian intending Pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj is expected to be completed on or before the  2nd of August.


Disclosing this in a Freedom Radio Kaduna program, Barka da Warhaka, this morning, the Commissioner Operations of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji Abdullahi Modibbo Saleh, said the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, is expected to be closed to Hajj traffic on the fourth of August.


He stated that over sixteen thousand pilgrims have so far been airlifted to the Kingdom from Nigeria in about 34 flights, saying the airlift exercise is going on smoothly.

He said he is optimistic that barring all eventualities and unforeseen circumstances, the exercise will be completed on schedule and without any hiccups.


Alhaji Abdullahi Modibbo further stated that so far no unpleasant incident was reported about any Pilgrim either here in Nigeria or Saudi Arabia.


The Commissioner who reiterated NAHCON’s resolve to ease Hajj exercise for Nigerian Pilgrims, through the continued provision of decent and comfortable accommodation, transportation and other relevant facilities in Nigeria and in the holy land, said the Commission was also desirous of always making Hajj fares affordable for many Nigerians to participate in the annual religious activity.


Alhaji Abdullahi Modibbo who advised Pilgrims to obey Nigerian and Saudi Arabian laws on the 32 kg luggage and 8 Kg hand luggage provisions, also called on them to desist from holding anybody’s belongings in the name of assistance for fear of being ignorant, but naive victims of drug peddlers.


Contribution from Jidda Abubakar Usman of Freedom Radio


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