​Sixth batch of Lagos pilgrims leaves Saudi Arabia

After spending not less than 37 days in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to partake in this year’s hajj exercise, the Sixth batch of  Lagos State pilgrims will leave Saudi Arabia for Nigeria tomorrow.
This was contained in the manifest released by the agency to ensure smooth arrangement for the returning exercise, according to a statement by the spokesman of the State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, Alhaji Jamiu Dosumu.
The manifest further indicated that about 216 pilgrims will be airlifted by Med-Virw Airline on its Boeing 747 scheduled to depart Jeddah in the early hours of Sunday.
The airline started returning Lagos pilgrims last Saturday with five batches made up of 1,999 pilgrims already airlifted and returned to Lagos.
Meanwhile,  the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdulhakeem Abdullateef has enjoined pilgrims to  continue to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and Lagos State in particular.
He expressed satisfaction with the conduct of pilgrims and the State official to Saudi Arabia for this year’s hajj exercise, noting that they have made Nigeria proud.
“We have done brilliantly well in this year’s hajj exercise and that I believe will have great impact on the assessment of Lagos State by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON)”, he  was quoted as saying.
“You are to remember that you have become like a new born baby with no sin, therefore you should allow the spiritual exercise to change your attitude for the better as you return to Nigeria”, the Commissioner who is also the Amiru -l- Hajj said.
The  Secretary, Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr. Muftau Okoya expressed gratitude to God for His mercies and the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for giving the Board moral and financial support which he believed contributed to the success of the exercise.

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