As of Monday, July 17, 2023, a total of 1,212 pilgrims from the FCT contingent who participated in the 2023 Muslim Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia have safely returned to Nigeria. The Director of the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mallam Abubakar Adamu Evuti, confirmed this while overseeing the return of the Abuja pilgrims in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Out of the 4,384 individuals who took part in the 2023 Hajj through the FCT team, 1,212 pilgrims made it back home. In light of this, Mallam Abubakar Adamu Evuti expressed gratitude to Allah for His blessings and urged those who performed Hajj with the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board to claim their 32kg luggage at the zonal office of the Board in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
The Board has taken necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the luggage upon arrival. Therefore, pilgrims must provide evidence of their Hajj participation with the Board to collect their belongings. The choice of the collection center in Gwagwalada, Abuja, was made to revitalize and use the zonal office for its intended purpose.
Mallam Abubakar Adamu Evuti also encouraged the pilgrims to apply the lessons learned from the Hajj experience and embody qualities such as patience, tolerance, and forgiveness in their daily lives at home.
The fourth batch of the FCT Contingent arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja via Air Peace flight APK7927, departing from Jeddah to Abuja at 1:10hrs Saudi Arabia local time and arriving at 5:20 am Nigerian time. Pilgrims are advised to promptly claim their luggage and return safely to their homes.”