Nigerian pilgrims will start returning home from Friday, after the completion of the 2022 hajj exercise.
The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, disclosed this during this year’s post-Arafat meeting with stakeholders held in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday.
Hassan assured that the homeward airlifting would be “first-in-first-out,” noting that this year’s hajj took place despite challenges, such as lateness by the Saudi authorities in spelling out guidelines for the exercise, delay in issuance of visas to Nigerians, flight cancellations and other associated problems.
He said lessons have been learnt from this year’s hajj that would aid NAHCON’s better performance in the next exercise.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa, congratulated all the pilgrims that performed the 2022 hajj, praying Allah to accept it as an act of Ibadat and a much more successful hajj.
He said NAHCON did its best despite the mounting challenges that were no fault of its.
On his part, the Chairman of, the House Committee on Pilgrimage, Abubakar Nalaraba, said: “There is no successful hajj without challenges.”
While urging NAHCON to airlift the pilgrims back home in good time, he assured us that his committee will continue to work closely with the Commission for improved and successful hajj operations.