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FG Asked to Reopen Maiduguri Airport

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The federal government has been asked to reopen the Maiduguri International Airport in Borno State to allow the over 4,000 pilgrims presently on Muslim pilgrimage to land at the airport.

The closure of the airport to commercial flights for about a year now, after it was attacked by insurgents, has compelled over 4,000 pilgrims from both Yobe and Borno States, who should have been airlifted from the troubled town, to undergo the rigour of travelling to Dutse and Kano to join flights to Saudi Arabia.

Speaking to journalists yesterday from Saudi Arabia, 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 state government who  has had to put in place needed strategies to airlift the pilgrims from both Kano and Dutse.

Timta complained that the transportation of the pilgrims from Maiduguri to other states was very risky due to the Boko Haram insurgency.

He argued that if the airport was reopened, other socio-economic activities that would greatly help in boosting the potentials of the state would be encouraged.
He lamented: “Transporting 2,645 people from Maiduguri to Dutse and Kano is not an easy task even if you are using an aircraft.

This means we are going back to the 1960s were we airlift our pilgrims from Kano, which is a big set back.”
According to Timta: “We had to pray very hard for fear of an attack especially on the highway between Maiduguri to Damaturu. We also ensured proper arrangement with relevant security agencies to enable for hitch-free movement of our pilgrims.”

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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