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Hajj: First batch of Kebbi pilgrims return home

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By El-Yakub Dabai, Birnin Kebbi

The first batch of 410 pilgrims from Arewa and Jega local government areas of Kebbi State touched down at the Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport, Birnin Kebbi, by 9.42 pm on Saturday aboard Flynas Airline A330 – 900 Airbus less than five days after completion of this year’s Hajj rites in Saudi Arabia.

Their arrival marked the commencement of home-bound journey of Nigerian pilgrims from the Holy Land to the country as Kebbi State was the launch pad for the airlift operation to the Hajj on the 15th of May.

A female pilgrim, Hajiya Barakah Maishanu, was full of appreciation to Governor Nasir Idris who facilitated their comfortability and care through the Pilgrims Welfare Agency during their stay in Makkah and Madinah as well as their safe return to Kebbi.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Shehu Mu’azu, the Permanent Secretary Ministry for Lands and Housing, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmad and the Accountant General of the State, Alhaji Bello Ibrahim Nahaliku, were among the returnees from the Hajj and commended Governor Idris’ support for the success of the pilgrimage.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the arrival of the pilgrims, Chairman of the 12 member reception Committee, the State Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Safiyanu Garba Bena, was highly elated with the smooth conduct of the Hajj operation.

He said: “we thank Allah for His Bountiful Mercy, and also commend our compassionate Governor, Comrade, Dr. Nasir Idris, for his charisma and love for his people in all spheres of life.The Governor has been in the forefront to ensuring the smooth conduct and success of the Hajj operation, which we are celebrating today.

“He has high regard for Religious Matters as basic foundation for a decent and prosperous society. The Governor has been in the forefront to ensuring the smooth conduct and success of the Hajj operation, which we are celebrating today”, Bena said

The Chairman, reception committee, announced that the second batch of Pilgrims was scheduled to land at the airport this Sunday.

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