The inaugural flight of Nigerian pilgrims for 2022 Hajj exercise has begun in Maiduguri with 546 pilgrims.
President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the exercise yesterday at the Maiduguri International Airport.
Represented by Governor Babagana Zulum, the president said the decision to choose Maiduguri for the inaugural flight was in appreciation of the return of peace in the state.
The president commended the Borno State Government for its complementary support to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, adding that the Federal Government had provided the necessary logistics to facilitate the smooth conduct of the Hajj exercise.
In his remarks, the Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Zikirullah Kunle-Hassan thanked the Federal Government for its support to the commission in spite of the short notice to prepare and organize the Hajj exercise.