First batch of 539 Kwara pilgrims arrives Saudi Arabia

The first batch of 539 intending pilgrims for this year's Hajj from Kwara State who departed the llorin International Airport today have arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims who departed the airport aboard Max Airline aircraft at about 5.40 a.m. were seen off by the State Amirul-Hajj, Dr Awwal lbrahim; the Executive Secretary of the Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Abdulganniy Ishola Ahmed; relations and well wishers.

Dr. Ibrahim charged the pilgrims, before their departure, to be good ambassadors of the State and Nigeria in the holy land, adding that they should pray for the restoration of peace in the State and the country at large while performing the pilgrimage.

The Amirul-Hajj said the successful takeoff of the inaugural flight was due to the efforts of the state governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, and prayed to Almighty Allah to continue to guide him to pilot the affairs of the State to greater heights.

He attributed the delay in the transportation of pilgrims to the late outcome of PCR test results, adding that every intending pilgrims must go for the test 72 hours before the journey.

Ibrahim disclosed that a total of 1,500 intending pilgrims from the State would perform the 2022 Hajj with the board.

Jumoke Jimoh,
Press Secretary.


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