FILE - Muslim pilgrims pray around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on June 25, 2023. For the first time in over a decade, 270 Syrians traveled on a direct flight early Tuesday from Damascus to Saudi Arabia for the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage, the Syrian Transportation Ministry said. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

The Yobe State government has approved the sum of ₦135,000 basic travelling allowance subsidy for each pilgrim, totaling ₦179.8 million in subsidy for the 1,332 Saudi-Arabia-bound pilgrims from the state for this year’s Hajj.

This was revealed in a press statement issued to journalists by the Director General on Press and Media Affairs to the governor, Mamman Mohammed. The chairman of the commission, Mai Aliyu, stated this while briefing the governor on the airlift of the pilgrims.

Aliyu was quoted to have said, all the 1332 pilgrims and officials of the commission have been airlifted to Saudi Arabia.

“They landed in Medina the second holy city to perform religious obligations and visitations in Medina, and have now proceeded to Makkah, except for the very few still in Medina” Aliyu said.

The chairman explained that the commission also secured hotel accommodations within trekkable distance of the Holy Mosques in Medina and Makkah to encourage the pilgrims to concentrate on their religious obligations.

He hinted that all the pilgrims were in good condition and were praying for the governor, the government of Yobe State, and for the peace and prosperity of the state and Nigeria.

Governor Buni commended the commission and airliners for ensuring the successful airlifting of the pilgrims in good time.

He called on the commission to always consider the welfare of the pilgrims, adding that “the commission is there to serve the pilgrims; you should execute your duties and responsibilities to serve the pilgrims better.”

The governor also called on the pilgrims to conduct themselves peacefully to perform the Hajj in the tradition of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

Buni prayed to Allah “to accept this religious obligation, the individual and collective prayers of our Pilgrims, and their safe return home.”