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The Ogun State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board has disclosed that so far, no fewer than 504 pilgrims who went for this year’s Hajj from the state have arrived in the State.
The Executive Secretary of the Board, Alhaji Salau Dauda disclosed this to the Press Officers, Nofisat Alapoti and Gafar Alabi, on Tuesday in a statement made available to PLATFORM TIMES.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that 103 pilgrims had arrived Tuesday) as the second batch after the first batch of 400 pilgrims.
PLATFORM TIMES learnt that the prigrims arrived via Muritala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos aboard AZMAN Airline.
According to the Executive Secretary, Salau, this year’s Hajj exercise as successful one going by the good virtues displayed by the pilgrims, saying Allah has really been merciful to the state since the operations began, while attributing the achievement recorded to the State government led by Prince Dapo Abiodun for undiluted support given the Board.
The statement reads further, “He maintained that the State did not record any death, adding that the remaining officials and Ad-hoc committee members led by its Chairman, Alhaji Lawal Usain would be leaving for Nigeria soon, urging all the pilgrims to make judicious use of the lessons learnt from the Hajj exercise.
“No successful Hajj operations without challenges, the management of the Board would go back to it’s drawing board in order to correct the anomalies experienced in this year’s pilgrimage, Salau emphasised”.
Speaking with newsmen on their arrival at the airport, the Head of Medical team, Dr. Rabiu Kusimo noted that the pilgrims had the best of the healthcare experience, saying the pilgrims returned in good health condition and there was no record of casualty.
Also speaking, two of the returning pilgrims, Alhaji Giwa Sheriff and Alhaja Balqees Adewale expressed satisfactions over the arrangements which made the Hajj operation hitch-free, describing their stay in Mecca and Medina as an unforgettable experience
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