Two hundred and thirty-eight (238) Oyo pilgrims who participated in this year’s Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia have safely arrived in Lagos as part of the third batch.
The pilgrims, who left Nigeria on Saturday, July 2, 2022, arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at precisely 11:20 a.m. on July 31, 2022.
Some members of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Muslim Wing greeted the visibly delighted pilgrims upon their return to the nation and led them to waiting buses that would take them to the Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim) where they would be reunited with relatives and family.
Addressing the media, the Oyo State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof. Musibau Babatunde appreciated the Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde for his unflinching support in making this year’s Hajj a success.
“The State Government provided us with tremendous support, and we are grateful to our Principal, Governor Seyi Makinde, for this,” he stated.
The Pilgrims, he claimed, were effective ambassadors for the Oyo State and faithfully followed all Saudi Arabian procedure.
“This significantly contributed to the pilgrimage’s success, as no crime or casualties were reported,” he continued.
Recall that the Oyo State Government airlifted six hundred and fifty-five pilgrims, including officials, for the spiritual activity in four groups.
Five hundred and eighty-six pilgrims have now made it back from the holy land with the third batch, and more are anticipated later this week.