Breaking: First Nigerian pilgrims batch off to Saudi Arabia for 2023 Hajj

Nigerian pilgrims at Lafia airport

All is now set for the first batch of Nigerian intending pilgrims for the 2023 Hajj operation from Nasarawa State to be flown to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Pilgrim Terminal of Nnamdi Azikiwe International International Airport, Abuja.

Recall that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) advance team depart Nigeria for Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Intending pilgrims from Nasarawa State are as of 11 am, Thursday already seated in the boarding waiting area of the Pilgrim Terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Blueprint gathered that about 560 intending pilgrims from Nasarawa State will be airlifted to the holy land, Saudi Arabia by Max Air.

NAHCON had allocated a total of 16,000 pilgrims from the 13 states to be transported by the company for the pilgrimage.

The states are, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Katsina, Kogi, Niger, Benue, Jigawa, Plateau, Borno, Nasarawa, Kwara, and Taraba.

Meanwhile, NAHCON, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Custom Service officials, and others are already seated for the inaugural flight ceremony for the 2023 Hajj operation.

More to come…