- Nigerian Muslim pilgrims have arrived Saudi Arabia for the 2019 Hajj exercise
- This was confirmed by the Madinah coordinator, Alhaji Ahmad Maigari, on Saturday, July 13
- Maigari said that the faithful came in three flights from Lagos, Katsina and Kano states
The Madinah coordinator, Alhaji Ahmad Maigari, who is also the acting secretary of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Saturday, July 13, confirmed that of 2139 Nigerian pilgrims have arrived Saudi Arabia for 2019 Hajj.
Speaking to journalists on Saturday, Alhaji Maigari reveled that the pilgrims landed at the kingdom in three flights from Lagos, Katsina and Kano states, adding that the faithful were given accommodation at Markassiya, close to the Prophet’s mosque in Madinah, Daily Trust reports.
In a bid to prevent cases of fraud or extortion, the states' pilgrims welfare boards, according to Maigari, have sensitised the Muslims to patronise only registered Bureau De Change instead of black market for currency exchange.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the airlift of Nigerian pilgrims to 2019 Hajj exercise would begin on Thursday, July 10, with intending pilgrims from Katsina state.
The first batch of the advance team of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) left for Saudi Arabia on Friday, July 5. Legit.ng gathers that the team that led for Saudi Arabia comprised of 39 members of staff for Hajj operations.
Also reported to have departed for Saudi Arabia was a 15-man national medical advance team led by Dr Ibrahim Kana.
The commissioner in charge of health matters at the commission, Kana, said that NAHCON would open first aid rooms in each of the hotels provided for Nigerian pilgrims in the holy city of Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
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