Abuja Hajj pilgrims begin travel to Saudi Arabia

Abuja pilgrims’ board says it has provided adequate security, medical care and housing for Muslims in this year’s Hajj.

The pilgrims for the year’s Hajj to Saudi Arabia have commenced their journey from Abuja, the Nigerian capital. The Abuja pilgrims commenced their travel with two domestic airlines, Kabo and Max.

Of the 3,000 pilgrims from Abuja, over 530 went through the screening at the Permanent Camp and were ferried to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by mass transit buses provided by the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.

The Director of the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Surajo Faskari, who addressed the media at the permanent camp, said the airlifting of Abuja pilgrims would be concluded on October 4, 2012.

Mr. Faskari also said that all the FCT pilgrims would be accommodated in a 5-Star Hotel, which has been secured for them.

“We have also put in place adequate security and medical measures at the permanent Hajj Camp for the pilgrims to guarantee their comfort,” he added.

He ruled out any hiccup in this year’s Hajj Operations, noting that the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board had complied with all the regulations for the operation.

The Special Assistant to the Minister of State for the FCT, and a member of the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Ibraheem Ibraheem, also advised the pilgrims to be law-abiding in the holy land and not violate the laws of their host-country.

Mr. Ibraheem reiterated the Abuja Administration’s commitment to serve its residents and Nigerians in general by developing the territory. He also urged the pilgrims to pray for the leaders, and peace in the country.

The Minister of State for Abuja, Olajumoke Akinjide, had on September 13 inaugurated the FCT 2012 Amirul Hajj Team, led by Abdullahi Mamman.


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