The Zamfara Hajj Commission has said that 2,158 intending pilgrims from the state are to perform the 2018 Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Commission, Malam Yakub-Yahaya Talata-Mafara, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau on Thursday.
Talata-Mafara said that the intending pilgrims would be transported to the holy land in four flights.
“We are expecting our first flight to Saudi Arabia any moment from today (Thursday)”.
“As I am speaking to you now, the first batch comprising 550 intending pilgrims from Bungudu, Bukkuyum, Kaura-Namoda, Tsafe and Zurmi Local Government Areas are undergoing screening at the state hajj camp in Gusau.
“Any time from now, our intending pilgrims will be moving to Sultan Abubakar lll International Airport Sokoto to board the flight to Saudi Arabia, “he said.
He urged the intending pilgrims to use the opportunity of the pilgrimage to pray for peace and stability for the state and Nigeria.
He also urged them to always seek clarifications from the Islamic scholars and Hajj officials over issues they did not understand during the exercise in order to perform an acceptable hajj.
NAN reports that those that would be performing this year’s pilgrimage from the state would be half of those that went last year.