By Tunde Niyi-Akinmade
Some Nigerians who participated in this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia will begin their homeward journey on today, Saturday August 17
Alhaji Saleh Modibbo, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria’s Commissioner in charge of Operations, disclosed this on Friday in Makkah during a stakeholders meeting on the review the 2019 Hajj operation.
He assured all stakeholders that the commission had concluded arrangements to airlift all Nigerian pilgrims back to the country.
He said two airlines, MaxAir and Flynas, had been scheduled to operate the first return flight back home.
He expressed the conviction that the return flights will be hitch-free, saying that a committee has been set up for that purpose.
Dr Ibrahim Kana, the chairman of the Hajj operation’s medical team, decried situations where pilgrims were trooping to the clinic just for the purpose of collecting drugs.
Kana called for the introduction of consultation fee in subsequent operations to discourage those engaging in such habit.
Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad, the chairman, NAHCON, also decried the untidy nature of the Nigerian camp at Mina.
Muhammad attributed the development to what he called overpopulation and lackadaisical attitude by some pilgrims toward the environment.
He noted that the Nigerian Mina camp ended up accommodating about two million pilgrims during Arafat day, which is more than its initial capacity.