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Medview Airline airlifts 460 Lagos pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

Medview Airline on Sunday began airlifting of Lagos pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the 2017 Hajj.

The first flight, a B747-400 aircraft carrying 460 passengers departed from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 12.50 p.m.

A total of 2,316 from the state are expected to participate in this year’s pilgrimage according to records released by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria.

Speaking to journalists before the flight’s departure, the Managing Director of Medview Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, said the journey to the Holy Land should be supported by the government because it was a blessing in disguise for the country.

“The people going to Hajj are going there for a spiritual purpose. Over two million people assembling in one place to pray for themselves, their countries and the world at large.

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“So, it is really a blessing in disguise and I think government should continue to support this spiritual exercise because the country needs more prayers,’’ he said.

Bankole disclosed that Medview Airline would be conveying passengers to Mecca and Medina from 18 states of the federation, adding that this was expected to be completed within one week.

“My message for the pilgrims is that they should be good ambassadors of Nigeria. They should go there and pray for themselves, their states, the country and their leaders.

“I equally implore them to pray for Medview which is the airline of Nigeria,’’ he said.

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