The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has disclosed that the last flight for 2018 Hajj with 111 officials from the media team, medical personnel and NAHCON staff, took off Monday September 24, 2018 which according to the commission brought a close to this year Hajj exercise
The NAHCON Chairman, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad announced this at the departure lounge of King Abdul Azeez International Airport, Jedda, Saudi Arabia.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Commission’s Head of Public Affairs Division, Hajia Fatima Sanda Usara, and made available to newsmen.
Muhammad said the 2018 Hajj operations were over and thanked the Almighty for the successful pilgrimage.
He particularly commended President Muhammadu Buhari, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, members of the National Assembly and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha for the significant roles they played in facilitating success of this year’s Hajj operations.
The chairman also recognized the successful efforts of the Secretaries of State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards, their staff, the pilgrims themselves and staff of the commission in general.
He praised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for conducting a well-organized Hajj season that had the welfare of pilgrims as its priority.
The Chairman, who along with a couple of staff are remaining behind for mop up duties, explained that they will go round Makkah to ensure that no pilgrim is left behind whether in the hospital, pilgrims’ lodges or anywhere else before they finally depart too.
According to the statement, prayers were offered for the safe trip of every pilgrim’s back to Nigeria and their various homes.