Nigerian pilgrims begin return tomorrow  

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A total of 55,000 Nigerian pilgrims who performed the just concluded this year Hajj exercise will tomorrow  Monday (August  27, 2018) begin their journey back to Nigeria, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON)  has declared.

The Commission Director of Operations, Abdullahi Saleh, disclosed this today, Sunday (August 26, 2018) in Jeddah after  holding meeting with the airline operators.

He hinted that the operation would be concluded within the same period it took to transport pilgrims from Nigeria “except there is any circumstance that warrants extension like an emergency”.

He said NAHCON and the air carriers would stick to the initial sequence of pilgrims journey to the Holy land, to be fair in discharging the duty.

“The tradition of first come, first return will be observed as a principle and in line with the Saudi guidelines for fairness and equity,” he said.

He appealed to pilgrims and the operators to conduct the home-bound journeys orderly, adding that the handlers had indicated their readiness for the operation in line with the principle of first come first return

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