The first batch of Muslim pilgrims to 2018 Hajj Lagos State has landed safely at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja at 6.50 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
The pilgrims on board Med View VM3307 departed Jeddah to Lagos at 0340 hrs with 312 Lagos pilgrims and one Official on board.
According to the Lagos State Amirul Hajj and the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef who led the pilgrims into the country, the pilgrims spent less than a month in the holy land.
“We thanked Allah for the safe landing, this is the first time Lagos pilgrims will spend less than 30 days in Saudi Arabia for Hajj exercise,” AbdulLateef said.
He disclosed that the State emerged the first position in pilgrims management across the federation as announced by the National Hajj Commission.
“It was a wonderful development that Lagos pilgrims on the first flight spent 28th days for this holy pilgrimage. We are happy and hope it will continue,”
The Commissioner on behalf of the pilgrims thanked Gov. Akiwunmi Ambode for the numerous supports for the pilgrims before, during and after the Hajj.
Dr AbdulLateef prayed that other members of the state contingents arrive the country safely in no distance time as he was full of gratitude to Allah and Lagosians home and abroad for the moral support.
No fewer than 2000 pilgrims from Lagos State took part in this year pilgrimage.
You will recall that, while in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr AbdulHakeem Mobolaji AbdulLateef was nominated as a contestant with nine other credible Lagosians as the Year 2018 Lagos Man of the Year.
Voting starts from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.
Lagosians are hereby urged to please vote Dr Abdulhakeem AbdulLateef by sending the following SMS “AWARD DR ABDULHAKEEM MOBOLAJI ABDULLATEEF” to 07085850077.
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