By Idris Abdulrahman
Madinah (Saudi Arabia) – The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has accelerated transportation of pilgrims for this year’s Hajj with 35,118 now in Saudi Arabia to beat the authority’s Aug. 20 date for Arafat.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the airlines operated more than 6 flights to Madinah on Wednesday, recording a total of 91 flights since the exercise on July 21 from Abuja.
Fifty-five thousand Nigerian pilgrims are expected to perform the Hajj in the Holy land.
The latest flights from Nigeria transported additional 140 pilgrims from Kebbi with 113 males and 27 females while Sokoto also flew in additional 131 pilgrims to Madinah for the exercise.
The armed forces team has also arrived in Madinah under the leadership of Col. Abubakar Sadiq.
NAN gathered that NAHCON had extended the conclusion of pilgrims’ flights to the Holy land from Thursday to Friday, to beat the Saudi Government’s Arafat date.
The government has declared Aug. 20 as Arafat day and Aug. 21 as Eid-el-Kabir.