By Matthew Denis
No fewer than 1,008 Kwara Muslim pilgrims that performed the 2017 hajj exercise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, yesterday and the early hours of today, arrived the Ilorin International Airport.
The pilgrims who comprised of adult males and females were transported from King AbdulAziz lnternational Airport in Jeddah Saudi Arabia Kingdom.
The pilgrims arrived Ilorin in two batches of 558 and 450 courtesy of Max Air and MedView Airline exactly 6:11pm (Wednesday) and 1:20 am (Thursday), respectively.
During on the spot assessment by this medium, the airport premises was filled with friends and family members, who had waited anxiously for the pilgrims as they jubilated in various songs when the aircrafts finally landed.
The pilgrims were sighted being conveyed from the tarmac to the screening centre by the Kwara State Mass Transit Buses to be screened by various security agents like the Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Port Health, among others.
Speaking to the Acting Ilorin Zonal Coordinator of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Alhaji Ibrahim Fijabi, who arrived with the first batch of pilgrims, he expressed appreciation to Allah for the success of this year’s exercise.
He said, “Our pilgrims from Nigeria and this zone in particular observed all the spiritual activities and abide by laid down rules and regulations at the holy land.
The Coordinator urged the pilgrims to replicate the gesture to remain steadfast and committed as faithful Muslims even at their various homes.
Speaking with some of the pilgrims, Hajia Kafayat Lambe, said, “The spiritual exercise was very interesting as it is aimed at strengthening our faith.
“I will continue to live according to the teachings of Islam as hajj is part of fulfilling the pillars of our religion,” she stated.
Another pilgrim, Alhaji Abubakri Imman noted that the hajj exercise went smoothly.
“The hajj exercise makes me to believe more in the teachings of Prophet Mohammed.”
Also, Alhaji Hawal Labaran noted that it is important for all Muslim faithful to fulfill the five pillars of Islam.
Recall that a total of 2,476 pilgrims travelled with the board to performed the 2017 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.