Abuja - Muslims have appealed to federal government reopen the Maiduguri International Airport in order to allow thousands of pilgrims presently on Muslim holy pilgrimage to land in the facility in the capital of Borno State.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, the Secretary of Borno Amirul Hajj Committee, Alhaji Adamu Timta, said the closure of the airport had brought untold hardship to the pilgrims and increased the challenges faced by the Borno State government, which had to put in place strategies to airlift the pilgrims from both Kano and Dutse.
Timta complained that the transportation of the pilgrims from Maiduguri to other state was very risky in view of the Boko Haram insurgency.
He argued that if the airport is reopened other socio- economic activities that would greatly help in boosting the potentials of the state would be encouraged.
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"Transporting 2645 people from Maiduguri to Dutse and Kano is not an easy task even if you are using an aircraft. These means we are going back to 1960's were we airlift our pilgrims from Kano which is a big setback,” he said.
“We had to pray very hard for fear of an attack especially in our highways between Maiduguri to Damaturu," said "we also ensure proper arrangement with relevant security agencies to enable for hitch-free movement of our pilgrims.”
The airport was closed last year after insurgents attacked it.
– CAJ News