Historic Milestone: Over 2,000 Nigerian Pilgrims Airlifted to Saudi Within 3 Days

By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman

In a significant milestone for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a total of 2,161 Nigerian pilgrims from four states have been airlifted to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Citizen FM observes that the airlifting process has been up and doing since the inaugural flight on Thursday.

Recall that the first departure took place on May 25th when MaxAir flight VM3001 departed from Abuja to Madinah, carrying 472 pilgrims from Nasarawa state along with 27 officials.

Among the Nasarawa pilgrims, there were 310 males and 162 females, bringing the total airlifts to 472 individuals.

On May 26th, the second batch of pilgrims departed from Bauchi on MaxAir flight NGL1001 bound for Jeddah.

A total of 549 pilgrims from Plateau state boarded the flight, with 339 males and 210 females, making the total number of pilgrims reached 1,021 across two flights.

Later on the same day, Aero flight NIG9005 departed from Abuja to Madinah, carrying 450 pilgrims from Nasarawa state, accompanied by 13 officials.

Among the Nasarawa pilgrims on the flight, there were 275 males and 175 females. This marked the third flight and brought the total airlift to 1,471 individuals.

Continuing the momentum, on May 27th, Flynas flight XY5730 departed from Sokoto to Madinah, carrying 428 pilgrims from Sokoto state. The flight consisted of 208 males and 220 females, increasing the total airlift to 1,899 individuals across four flights.

Also, Air Peace flight P47902 departed from Lagos to Madinah, carrying 262 pilgrims from Kwara state.

Among the Kwara pilgrims, there were 137 males and 125 females.

With the latest development, the total number of pilgrims reached 2,161 individuals across five flights.

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