First Batch of Kwara State Pilgrims Airlifted to Saudi Arabia

By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin 

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The first batch of intending pilgrims from Kwara state, North Central Nigeria have been airlifted from the General Tunde Idiagbon International Airport Ilorin to Saudi Arabia for the 2024 Hajj exercise.

They consist of 313 pilgrims including three officials from the state pilgrim’s welfare Board.

The Air Peace Airline which airlifted the pilgrims took off at around 11:30 am Nigerian time.

The  Flag off was witnessed by Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, a representative of the state Governor,  Alhaji Lateef Jiddah who is the Special Adviser on Special Duties, the state Chairman of the board, Professor Moshood Jimba and other members of the Board.

Speaking before the departure of the pilgrims, Senator Oloriegbe advised the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of Nigeria.

He also urged them to pray for the success of the President, the Governors and other political office holders.

The flight is expected to land at Medina for the commencement of the pilgrimage.

Meanwhile, all Kwara State pilgrims have arrived in Medina safely.

Dominica Nwabufo

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