Several hundred Moslem pilgrims left kano Airport in Nigeria on Friday (7 November) to fly to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj the holy pilgrimage to Mecca.
Several hundred Moslem pilgrims left kano Airport in Nigeria on Friday (7 November) to fly to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj the holy pilgrimage to Mecca.They were the latest group in a total of about 87,000 Nigerians who are expected to make this year's pilgrimage.
A fleet of 12 aircraft have been operating a shuttle service between kano and Saudi Arabia to ferry the pilgrims who come from all parts of Nigeria. The biggest group come from kano State with over 45.000.
There has been a substantial increase in the number making the pilgrimage to the Moslem holy places from Nigeria. Last year 50,000 people made the journey.
The massive airlift began on Thursday (6 November), using modern jets based at kano and Lagos airports and landing at Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
Strict health controls have been enforced by Nigerian government officials, and the Saudi Arabian Health Ministry has insisted that the pilgrim spend at least five days in a cholera free Zone and take a dose of antibiotic capsules.The new requirements are to ensure the least possible risk against infection.
Nigerian officials have also delivered stern warnings to the pilgrims against drug smuggling. Anyone caught will be severely dealt with.