By Maryam Garba Hassan
The CEO of Medview airlines limited, one of the indegenous carriers of Nigeria’s pilgrims to the holy land, Munnir Bankole, has said the 2019 feud between the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria and the airline was as a result of the refusal of the airline to do what it is call sold of Nigeria’s pilgrims into the foreign conglomerate of the foreign carrier by the former NAHCON boss.
Bankole said the former NAHCON boss, Barr. Abdullahi Muktar wanted the airline to do what is also called economic sabotage and also sabotage the interest of Nigeria’s pilgrims which the airline refused.
Bankole said this Wednesday in Abuja, while fielding questions from the press during the screening of this year’s carriers of pilgrims for the 2020 hajj and in reaction to the remarks made by a member of House of Representatives, House committee on pilgrimage, Hon Kabiru Idris.
Hon. Kabiru Idris lamented the issue of alleged late airlifting of pilgrims back to Nigeria and the delay in transportation of their luggage months after Hajj by the airline.
The Member said such irresponsible act on the part of air carriers will not be condoned by the House adding that the success of every Hajj operation globally starts and ends with the aviation.
Bankole said “the capacity of Nigeria’s carriers and the interest of Nigerian pilgrims should be paramount in the minds of everyone.
“This is the only indegenous airline that has been consistant with Hajj operations since the enactment of NAHCON. We thank Mr. President for dissolving the body and for constituting a new one which will be a golden opportunity for the indegenous carriers.
“The Honourable member did have the opportunity to hear the other side of the story but that issue has since been resolved. The government has also set up a body which is an enactment of this case and Medview is ready for this year’s Hajj.