The last batch of Kaduna State Pilgrims that performed this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia has returned to Nigeria today, signifying the end of the airlift from Saudi Arabia.
A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Board, Yunusa Muhammad Abdullahi stated that the last batch of 212 pilgrims arrived Kaduna around 7:05am today, on board Med-View Airline.
The Director General, Bureau of Interfaith, Engr Namadi Musa, Overseer, Imam Hussaini Sulaiman Tsoho Ikara and other government appointed officials were all on board the last flight, the statement added.
Two airlines, Med-View and Max Air transported Kaduna State pilgrims this year. During the returned journey, Max air transported 2,173 pilgrims while Med-View transported 4,542 pilgrims.
According to the statement 6,713 pilgrims performed hajj from Kaduna State this year among whom four have died in Makkah.
The press statement said that the Overseer of the Board, Imam Sulaiman Tsoho Ikara thanked all the government appointed officials under the leadership of Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Balarabe Abbas Lawal, all stakeholders and staff of the pilgrims’ board for ensuring a successful Hajj this year.