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Israel-Hamas War: Lagos Govt airlifts 310 Nigerian pilgrims from Jerusalem

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Lagos Airlifts 310 Pilgrims

The Lagos state government has announced the return of 310 Nigerians who went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem Israel amid the ongoing crisis between Israel and Hamas.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this announcement on his X account (formerly Twitter) on Tuesday, acknowledging the critical role of the Ministry of foreign affairs in ensuring the safety of the pilgrims.

A group of Christians from the state embarked on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, while another set of pilgrims is set to be airlifted to Israel today, October 10.

However, the program was suspended due to the recent outbreak of war between Hamas and Israel.

Following Hamas’ Saturday attack and a retaliatory response from Israeli forces, the conflict has tragically claimed the lives of over 1,000 individuals on both sides.

Taking to his X account, governor Sanwo-Olu stated,

Earlier, the Board Secretary of the Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board (LSCPWB), Mrs. Florence Gbafe, announced the suspension of the planned Christian pilgrimage to Israel in a statement on Monday, saying that the decision was a result of keen observation of security situations in Israel.

She mentioned that both the LSCPWB and the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) would soon unveil a revised schedule for the airlift of the second group of prospective pilgrims.

She expressed the board’s regret for any inconvenience the suspension may bring and assured that they would keep the prospective pilgrims well-informed about the progress of their journey to the Holy Land.

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