160 intending Osun pilgrims get N2.4m after delayed flight

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Each of the 160 intending pilgrims going to carry out this yr’s hajj from Osun State however have been but to be airlifted on Wednesday acquired a sum of N15,000 every.

About 1,432 pilgrims from the state had been airlifted to Saudi Arabia, with the remaining 160 nonetheless in Nigeria, awaiting their flight to the Middle East nation.

A launch by the Executive Secretary, Osun State Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board, Mr Muritala Fakunle, on Wednesday, mentioned the final batch of pilgrims from the state, comprising 325 pilgrims have been to be airlifted on Sunday.

He, nevertheless, mentioned as a result of a delay within the flight schedule, solely 165 have been airlifted, leaving 160 pilgrims awaiting the following schedule.

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Fakunle, who defined that the gesture of the state authorities was a results of a rescheduled flight, additionally mentioned the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Kazeem Akinleye, gave the affected pilgrims the mentioned quantity on behalf of the state authorities.

Addressing the pilgrims, Fakunle appealed to them to stay calm and affected person, as efforts have been being made to make sure their early airlift to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“The authorities of Osun State, via the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Kazeem Akinleye, has given a money of N15,000 to every of the 160 pilgrims from the state who’re but to be airlifted to Saudi Arabia.

“This gesture came as a result of rescheduling flights of the last batch from 26th May 2024 to 29th May 2024. The last batch comprises 325 pilgrims to be airlifted on Sunday, 26th May, 2024 but due to delay in the flight schedule, only 165 were airlifted,” he mentioned.



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