From Mohammad Ibrahim, Makkah.
Kaduna State Muslims Pilgrim Welfare Board Director of Operation, Alhaji Umar Abdullahi Kagarko has said that by November 1st the state will complete airlift of its pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria.
According to him, so far the state has already conducted 14 flights back home which brought almost 60 percent of the state pilgrims.
The director disclosed this in Makkah in a chat with newsmen, adding that there were still Kaduna pilgrims that are yet to visit Madinah.
“We have few pilgrims that have not gone to Madinah. They will soon be conveyed to Madinah soon and by 1st November we will complete the airlift of our pilgrims back to Nigeria, God willing,” he said.
Alhaji Kagarko further explained that the state has not faced any major challenged with regards to pilgrims return journey.
“None of our pilgrims this year will spend up to 40 days in the holy land compared to last year when pilgrims spent 40 days. This is really a great achievement made,” he said.
He urged the remaining pilgrims in the holy land to be patient as they will soon return home to meet their family members.
Similarly, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Head of Media, Alhaji Uba Mana was quoted in the media saying the commission will definitely beat the November 5th deadline set by the Saudi Arabian authority for all pilgrims to leave the kingdom.
He said so far, about 20,000 Nigerian pilgrims remained in the holy land awaiting to be dispatched back home.
Peoples Daily observed that Makkah city is now empty, as pilgrims from other nations were leaving the city on daily basis.