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Federal Government commences airlift of Muslim pilgrims

The Federal Government  commenceS the airlift of Muslim pilgrims yesterday with the inaugural flight to Saudi Arabia from the Sultan Abubakar III Airport, Sokoto.

According to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, about 80,000 pilgrims will be airlifted in the next five weeks through flight operations in 17 airports across the country.

 FAAN, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, said a Director in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Chairman of the Aviation Monitoring Committee, ADAMU WAKIL, assured the pilgrims that safety and security infrastructure was given priority in all airports to ensure hitch free exercise.

It said the inaugural flight was preceded by an airport ceremony attended by Governor of Sokoto State, AMINU TAMBUWAL and his counterpart from Zamfara, ABUBAKAR YARI as well as the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji SAAD ABUBAKAR the third.



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