The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board said on Friday that no fewer than 4,000 pilgrims from the state for the 2017 Hajj had returned home.
The Board’s Public Relations Officer, Nuhu Badamasi, disclosed this in a telephone interview in Kano.
Mr Badamasi, who spoke from Makkah, Saudi Arabia, said that the pilgrims were transported back to Nigeria by Max Airline in seven flights.
He said the eighth flight with 500 pilgrims on board was expected to depart the King Abdulazeez International Airport, Jeddah, anytime from now.
He expressed hope that the transportation of pilgrims from the state back to Nigeria would be completed either on Monday or Tuesday next week.
“We have only 1, 000 pilgrims on ground at the moment and it is our hope that the airlift of the remaining ones will be concluded on Monday or Tuesday next week,” he said.
According to him, all the remaining pilgrims currently in the Holy land are in good health condition waiting for their scheduled flights.
“None of our pilgrims currently in Makkah is suffering from any diseases.”Badamasi added.
No fewer than 5, 500 pilgrims from Kano state performed the 2017 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.