22nd October, 2010
A total of 1518 intending pilgrims from Ogun State have been airlifted for this yearâ€™s Hajj, said Mrs. Tayo Yusuf, spokesperson of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Hajj matters.
Yusuf told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that Medview Airline has also commenced the airlift of another batch of 1015 intending pilgrims from Osun to the Holy Land.
”The airlift operation is going on successfully and we have finished the airlift of Ogun State pilgrims as scheduled,â€ Yusuf said.
She said that the aged, pregnant women and underage were not allowed to perform the Hajj in accordance with Saudi regulations.
Muslims are enjoined to perform the Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam– at least once in a lifetime.
NAN reports that the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Mr. Babatunde Balogun, had on Sunday announced that the airlift of intending pilgrims from Lagos would commence today.
Balogun, who is also the Amir Hajj for the state, announced this at a sensitisation lecture organised for intending pilgrims.