A total of 380 Lagos State pilgrims who participated in the 2023 Hajj in Saudi Arabia flew back home on Monday. They departed from King AbdulAzeez International Airport in Jeddah aboard a Flynas airline at 11:30 am Saudi time. The pilgrims are expected to land safely at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos at approximately 3:30 pm Nigerian time.
The special flight was organized for the elderly pilgrims, those with medical challenges, and others. Led by Abdul Waheed Shonibare, a member of the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board representing the Ikeja division, the group consisted of 185 male and 195 female pilgrims.
Prince Anofiu Elegushi, the Amir-ul-Hajj, bid farewell to the returning pilgrims and advised them to cherish their new status as Alhajis and Alhajas. He emphasized the importance of maintaining their purity for at least 41 days, encouraging them to uphold the exemplary conduct they displayed during the pilgrimage and apply it to their interactions with others in Nigeria. The Amir also urged patience from the remaining pilgrims, assuring them that arrangements are in place to facilitate their swift return.
In adherence to regulations, the Amir reiterated the weight limit of 32kg for their main luggage and cautioned against carrying water or any other liquid items in their luggage.