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  • Updated: June 01, 2023

Hajj: 2500 Intending Pilgrims Depart Zamfara

Hajj: 2500 Intending Pilgrims Depart Zamfara


Two thousand five hundred intending Pilgrims out of three thousand one hundred that are expected to perform this year's Hajj from Zamfara state have left for Saudia.

The Secretary of the Zamfara Hajj Commission, Alhaji Anas Shuaibu, confirmed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Gusau.

Shuaibu said the commission had secured Visas for all the 3,100 state-intending pilgrims, adding that the remaining pilgrims will soon be airlifted to the holy land for the exercise.
He also said that the state government had sensitised the pilgrims on what was expected of them during the pilgrimage.

The secretary further explained that each flight consisted of Hajj officials from the state, medical personnel, scholars and other stakeholders, and each pilgrim had been vaccinated while females were tested for pregnancy before their departure.

According to him, Federal Government agencies, including NDLEA, Immigration and Customs, have also educated the pilgrims on the dangers attached to carrying prohibited items.

He however disclosed that only one woman had been sent back to Nigeria based on a Passport issue, but she had returned to Madinah for the exercise after resolving her challenge.

He urged the intending pilgrims to fear Allah in all their dealings while in the holy land and beyond.

Shuaibu explained that the state government had put everything in place to ensure the safety, comfort and welfare of the pilgrims in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in which decent accommodation was secured in Madinah and Makkah.

He called on the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and the country by avoiding any act that could tarnish their image and that of the nation.

Shuaibu said their current challenge was the hike in petroleum prices as they had to transport the pilgrims from Gusau to Sokoto because of the absence of an airport in the state.

The lauded efforts of the state government along with security agencies, first aid groups, individuals and other organisations for their support and cooperation towards ensuring a successful Hajj operation.

The sixth flight left for Saudia on Thursday.

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A'isha Ahmad
A'isha Ahmad

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