472 Nigerian pilgrims begin Hajj rites in Makkah

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472 Nigerian pilgrims begin Hajj rites in Makkah

The 2023 Hajj pilgrims, a total of 472 Nigerians and others from various countries have expressed joy with the hospitality they received as they left Madinah this Friday morning for the holy sites in Makkah to perform the Hajj rituals.

According to Leadership, buses were seen transporting pilgrims from the Miqat, a principal boundary where pilgrims intending to perform the Ḥajj or Umrah enter the state of iḥrām, in Madinah under the supervision of the visiting Hajj committees and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah officials.

It was gathered that among the 472 pilgrims were those from Nasarawa State, who were airlifted from Nigeria on the inaugural flight operated by Max Air Limited on May 25 to Medinah.

The pilgrims who had performed the traditional rites of praying at the Prophet Mosque in Medinah also paid visit to many Islamic landmarks and historical sites including the battlefield of Uhud.

Pilgrims Transport buses offered comprehensive services as part of an accurate action program targeted easing the transport of pilgrims to their hotels in Makkah in accordance with the contract signed with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria.

A Nigerian pilgrim from Nasarawa State, Hassan Isiaka, while speaking with newsmen before going to Makkah, said adequate healthcare, catering and accommodation services were provided for them in Madinah by the NAHCON.

“Though, I have not had any health challenge here in Medinah but some of my colleagues who had one challenge or the other said the medical team took good care of them. The accommodation and feeding were fantastic, and I pray they would continue like that in Makkah,” Isiaka told journalists in Saudia Arabia.