Hajj: Nigeria Won’t Seek Airlift Time Extension


The National Amiro Hajji Senator Kaute Bello Mohammed, has assured Nigerians that the country will not seek for extension of date from the Sandi Arabia authority to airlift its Muslims Pilgrims as plans have been completed to airlift all pilgrims ten days before the deadline. Senator Kaute Bello, who gave the assurance when he visited the hajji camp at the Port Harcourt International airport with his committee said for the first time, the country would not ask for an extension of time, but will conclude the exercise ten days ahead of the deadline given by the Saudi Avabian government to shut down their airports. Senator Kaute Bello, who is also the Chief Wip of the National Assembly said, out of the 83,000 pilgrims this year, only 800 pilgrims are left and would have been completed last Friday. He noted that the pilgrims yet to be airlifted consist of Port Harcourt zone which comprises of South-South states and South-East states with about 800 pilgrims. The Amiro hajji expressed happiness over the progress made in the exercise and appealed to the pilgrims of the various states to prepare and come out in time because the aircraft cannot afford to wait for them. According to him, we have already airlifted 83,000 pilgrims and about 800 remaining in this zone, so, I am appealing that they should come out so that we can complete the exercise on time ahead of the deadline. He assured that the country would not request for extension from the Saudi Arabian authority, as he noted that all the exercise is being done on the right way within the limit of the law. The deadline is on 21st November, but by 13th Nov. we must have completed the exercise. The Amiro hajji also cautioned the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state while in the holy land, enjoining them to remember that they were on spiritual journey and they should therefore distance themselves from any thing that would tarnish the image of the country. Senator Kaute Bello Mohammed with his team inspected various screening points at the hajji camp which was newly reconstructed by the state government.