Kwara disowns protesting Hajj pilgrims

Posted by News Express | 29 July 2019 | 1,491 times

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Intending Hajj pilgrims who protested on Monday morning at the Ilorin International Airport are not from Kwara but from neighbouring states, the State Government said this evening via a statement signed by Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

“We wish to clarify that every intending pilgrim registered with the Kwara State Government has since been airlifted to Saudi Arabia for the 2019 Hajj,” the statement e-mailed to News Express said.

It disclosed that “there are a total 2,026 pilgrims from the state, the last batch of whom took off on 24 July, 2019, according to figures from the state pilgrims’ board.”

“To that extent,” according to the statement, “the protest this morning at the Ilorin International Airport was by some intending pilgrims from neighbouring states. This has no connection whatsoever with the Kwara State Government or officials of Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Board as is being claimed by some persons.”

Source: News Express

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