By Emmanuel Kehinde, Ilorin
The last batch of pilgrims from Kwara State that took part in the 2022 pilgrimage through the state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Ilorin to Saudi Arabia have arrived back home.
The state pilgrims numbering three hundred and twenty eight landed safely at Ilorin International Airport via Max Air at about seventeen minutes past one in the midnight of today, Wednesday.
Among those that were the latest arrivals are the state chairman of the board, Dr Abdulkadir Sambaki, other board members, the Special Assistant Religion to the state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Danmaigoro , NAHCON officials, health personal and others.
The pilgrims were received at the Ilorin International Airport by some top government officials, members of the pilgrims board, families , friends and well wishers.
The Exercutive Secretary of the board, Barrister AbdulGaniyu Ahmed is still in Saudi Arabia perfecting all other relevant documents as it relates to the Hajj exercise.
The Max Air that landed at the Ilorin International Airport also had on board additional one hundred and twenty pilgrims who are from Bauchi State that were later airlifted to their destination after disembarking those from Kwara.
With the arrival of the third and last batch, it brings to an end the 2022 Hajj operations that were airlifted to the holy land from the state Muslim pilgrims welfare board.
All the one thousand, four hundred and ninety six pilgrims apart from the eighty eight of them from Strave WATA Travels and Tours that accommodated the excess pilgrims that were airlifted from Kwara State through the board arrived back home safely.
Speaking on the exercise, this year’s Amirul Hajj, Dr Awa Ibraheem disclosed that despite many challenges that bedeviled hajj operations in many states of the Federation this year, the support of the State Governor , Mallam AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq, made the board to surmount all the challenges and eventually experienced a very successful and rewarding hajj operation.
Dr Ibraheem added that the state did not lose any pilgrim during the operation and no pilgrim experienced any sickness that was beyond the capacity of the medical team.
The Amirul Hajj also confirmed that there was no arrest of any kind, stressing that there was even no reason to invite the police or other law enforcement officers to any of the pilgrims hotels in either Mecca and Medinah or to any of the tents the pilgrims stayed at arafat and mina camps.
Edited by Felix Ajide
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