No fewer than 395 pilgrims from Ilorin zone will be airlifted today (Monday) by Medview Airline to Saudi Arabia for the 2017 hajj.
This number comprise of 93 Kwara pilgrims and 172 pilgrims from Ekiti State.
Consequently, a total number of 2,942 pilgrims from Ilorin zone are expected to be airlifted this year at Ilorin International Airport. This figure comprised of pilgrims from three states, which make up the Ilorin Zonal district of National Hajj Commission (NAHCON); Ekiti 172, Kwara 2,468 and Ondo 302.
Speaking to Pilot Aviation on Saturday, the Ilorin Zonal Coordinator of NAHCON, Alhaji Ibrahim Fijabi, expressed gratitude to Allah for the successful hajj airlifting operation so far.
“The screening process for this year has been smooth. The pilgrims cooperated with the security agencies at the airport and nobody was caught with contrabands,” he added.
He, therefore called on the pilgrims to conduct themselves properly while at the holy land and be true ambassadors of the country.”
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Tunde Jimoh appreciated Almighty Allah for successful completion of the airlifting of this year’s pilgrims.
According to him, the pilgrims adhered to advice by obeying laid down rules and regulations of the hajj airlifting exercise.
He said, “The pilgrims complied with our directives as none of them was found wanting by the security agencies at the screening point in the airport. I’m impressed by this development and want to urge them to maintain this high moral during the hajj.”
Jimoh acknowledged the effective platform put in place by the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, which culminated in the success of the airlifting at the airport.
He called the pilgrims to replicate the gesture by being law abiding and prayerful for the growth of the state and country at large.