The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria on today revealed that 36,269 pilgrims had so far been transported from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, back to Nigeria, leaving 29, 732 yet to be airlifted back home. The commission had transported more than 66,000 Nigerians to Saudi Arabia for the 2015 Hajj.
The Director, Public Affairs of the commission, Alhaji Uba Mana, however assured that the airlifting back to Nigeria is going according to plan saying that the exercise wlll be concluded on schedule. Alhaji Mana said this while fielding questions from the News agency of Nigeria in Mecca. He said that since the airlifting back commenced on September 28, 2015, 93 flights have been operated.
He said the commission had started transporting pilgrims from Kano on October 9, while most of the pilgrims from Lagos, Ogun, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kogi, Abuja, Gombe, Bauchi, Katsina. Borno, Nassarawa and Jigawa were transported back home.
He urged pilgrims not to carry Zamzam water to Jeddah or Madinah airports as 5-litre gallon of the water would be given to each pilgrim at Nigerian airports. He also urged the pilgrims not to exceed 32 kilogrammes for main luggage and 8 kilogrammes for hand luggage.
About three million Muslims from across the world participated in this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
Most of them had gone through Madinah to visit the tomb of the Messenger of God, Prophet Muhammad (SAW), other important Islamic sites and offered prayers before proceeding to Mecca for the pilgrimage. Others who could not visit Madinah before Arafat were expected to do so before leaving Saudi Arabia to their respective countries.