Lagos to airlift 1,862 pilgrims for Hajj

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 …insists Israel safe for pilgrimage

Lagos State will airlift 1,862 pilgrims for the 2024 Hajj, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ibrahim Layode, said on Thursday, May 16.

Layode, while addressing a ministerial press conference to mark the first year of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s second term in office, said 3,655 pilgrims went on Hajj in 2023.

The commissioner also insisted that Israel is safe for pilgrimage.

He said: “While in the Holy Land during the Christian pilgrimage, the Israel-Hamas war broke out, thus the second batch of the Christian pilgrims were not able to make the trip. To the glory of God, the whole 310 pilgrims returned home safe and sound, no death or abscondment was recorded.”

Reeling out the achievements of the ministry in the year under review, Layode said during Easter and Ramadan, the government, on March 29, held a combined special prayers for Nigeria and President Bola Tinubu. The event was attended by Governor Sanwo-Olu, Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat, past deputy governors, serving lawmakers, religious leaders, other top government functionaries, among others.

He noted that the 2024 Ramadan Tafsir, which marked the 25th year anniversary of the Lagos State Ramadan Tafsir, was celebrated with all past commissioners and permanent secretaries.

Layode also said 50,000 food packs were distributed to public servants across all MDAs to break their fast, and another 50,000 packs to Christians during Lent/Easter, in addition to gift sharing.

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