Against the speculations that the pilgrims from Ogun state for this year Hajj are having some hitches that might make them arrive Saudi late and miss out some Hajj rites, the state first batch of 550 pilgrims on Sunday arrived Medina around 5:30 am (Nigerian time).
The Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Kunle Somorin in a statement made available to the press on Sunday quoted the Executive Secretary of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Tunji Kalejaiye that the pilgrims were airlifted from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Saturday and arrived Medina safely on Sunday.
Alhaji Kalejaiye said the arrival of the pilgrims had put paid to speculations that the State contingents were facing threat of possible late arrival in the holy land and miss out on some Hajj rites.
“I am still in Nigeria. But I monitored everything from their movement from Abeokuta to Lagos.
“The plane departed at 11: 45 last night and I am happy to report that all the 550, including the medical team and officials have landed safely in Saudi Arabia,” Kalejaiye said.
“No rites will be missed and we have made provision for their welfare. Everything is going on very well according to plans”, the Executive Secretary added.
The Amir- Ul- Hajj, Sheik Abdul Yekin Parakoyi and the chairman, Ad; Hoc Committee, 2019 Hajj, Sheik Mufutau Majekodunmi thanked the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for his support at ensuring a pleasant journey for the state pilgrims.
They called on the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and show the good traits of an Ogun State indigene at the holy Land.
Alhaji Yaya Oyekanmi Akinlade and Alhaja Taiwo Awosika, on behalf of other pilgrims also thanked the governor for making the process easy for them, promising to adhere to the laws governing the holy land.