Facing The Ka'aba

May 19, 2024

Tinubu’s intervention made 2024 Hajj exercise possible for Nigerians — NAHCON

Alhaji Jalal Arabi, NAHCON Chairman

Alhaji Jalal Arabi, NAHCON Chairman

…bids 423 Lagos State pilgrims farewell to Saudi Arabia

…another 423 to fly today

By Haroon-Ishola Balogun

The Chairman/CEO, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Malam Jalal Ahmad Arabi was in Lagos State Thursday to bid the first batch of the Y2024 intending pilgrims from the state farewell to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Malam Arabi who was accompanied to the Lagos airport by the National Commissioner, Operations, Inspectorate and Licenses, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi and other officials, described Hajj as a rear opportunity.

He said, “for you to be called to perform Hajj, you must be extra ordinarily lucky, but it is a rear opportunity. Allah has given you the opportunity. It may be your last opportunity; to some it may be the beginning. So what do you do when you have the last opportunity? it is to utilize it so well”.

He further appealed to them to make the country proud by abiding by the rules and regulations of the foreign country. He said, “do the dos and don’t do the don’ts. If you stay on that part, you have no cause to worry”.

He reminded them that they were going for a religious obligations and must therefore be patience in all circumstances. He appealed to them not to fight or quarrel with the officials, saying when there are issues, such must be settled amicably without rancour because we are all human.

He admonished them to be good ambassadors and shining examples for others to emulate.

While wishing them journey mercy, he encouraged them to pray for the country and its leaders, especially the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu whose intervention made the 2024 Hajj exercise possible for Nigerians.

On his part, the Hon. Commissioner for Home Affairs, Hon. Olanrewaju Ibrahim Layode expressed his appreciation on behalf of the intending pilgrims for the Chairman’s show of love and his admonitions.

He thereafter promised the NAHCON Chairman and his entourage that the state’s pilgrims would not disappoint the country but exhibit exemplary conduct and behaviours whilst in the Holy land.

The first batch of 423 pilgrims that departed Lagos to Madinah this morning aboard Flynas flight XY8048 has safely arrived at the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Madinah this evening.

The second batch of another 423 pilgrims are already set for airlift in early hours of Saturday.