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Final batch of Katsina State pilgrims return home

12 November 2013, 19:02

Katsina - The remaining 211 Katsina State pilgrims on Tuesday arrived Umaru Yar’Adua International Airport, Katsina, after completing the 2013 hajj, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The pilgrims, mostly from Daura zone, were those who encountered some problems at the initial stages of the exercise, and officials of the state Pilgrims Welfare Board.

Some of the officials on board the plane included the Chairman of the board, Alhaji Danyaya Mashi and the Executive Director, Alhaji Aminu Danbaba.

Mashi expressed appreciation over the good behaviour exhibited by the pilgrims throughout the period of the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

The board chairman also commended the various committees set up during the period, for their efforts in making the exercise a success.

Some of the pilgrims interviewed by NAN thanked Allah for giving them the opportunity to perform the religious obligation.

They also commended the state government for feeding them on Arafat Day and while in Muna, as well as the 300 Saudi Riyals given to each of them.

NAN reports that 4 436 pilgrims performed this year's hajj from the state, out of which four died during the exercise in the Holy Land.

-  NAN

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