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36,199 Nigerian Pilgrims In Saudi Arabia For 2019 Hajj


The number of Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia for the 2019 Hajj exercise rose to 36,199 in 74 flights on Friday.
The transportation of the pilgrims began from Nigeria on July 10 when the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) began its an inaugural flight from Katsina.
The latest arrival came on MaxAir NGL3051 plane which departed Minna, Niger to Madinah with 549 pilgrims, comprising 302 males, 247 females and 11 officials.
Newsmen report that Nigerian pilgrims continued to troop from Madinah to Makkah with the number totaling 25,000 as on Friday.
NAHCON’s representative in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Tanko Aliyu, said that 150 hotels have been secured to accommodate the pilgrims in Makkah.
In another development, NAHCON has commended the National Media Team (NMT) “for the zeal and dedication in reporting 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.”
Hajia Fatima Mustapha, Assistant Director, NAHCON Information and Publications, gave the commendation in a statement on Saturday.
She also thanked the journalists for their “patience and understanding.”
“Congratulations to all members that arrived in Saudi Arabia safely. I pray we continue to work together as a knitted team to achieve the goals of our assignment, NAHCON appreciates you all,” she said.
One of the journalists covering the Hajj in Makkah, who preferred anonymity, described his experience in the coverage of the exercise, as a great and enriching one.
He said that covering such a sensitive assignment had also improved his skill in journalism.
“It has always been my life ambition to perform hajj at least once in my life. Covering this assignment has given me that opportunity to fulfill this noble ambition,” he said.

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