Israel Crisis: Lagos Govt Suspends Airlifting Of Second Batch Of Intending Pilgrims.
Due to the ongoing war between Israel and the Palestinian armed group, Hamas, the Lagos State Government has halted the airlifting of the second batch of intending pilgrims to Israel.
Streetdope gathered that the first batch of Christian pilgrims from the state had gone for pilgrimage in Jerusalem, and the second batch was slated to be airlifted to Israel on Tuesday, October 10.
In a statement on Monday, the Board Secretary of the Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board (LSCPWB), Florence Gbafe, announced the suspension, noting that the decision was a result of keen observation of security situations in Israel.
She said the LSCPWB and the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) will announce a new date for the airlifting of the second batch of intending pilgrims in due course.
Gbafe noted, “To all on the second batch of pilgrimage to Israel, kindly note that the pilgrimage is now on hold due to the war situation in Israel. Further information will be communicated as and when due, please.”
Gbafe maintained that the Lagos State Government and the Federal Government would continue to prioritize the safety of all pilgrims to the holy land and would not expose Nigerians to any situation that would put their security at risk.
She appreciated God for the safety of the first batch of pilgrims from Lagos State, who had already concluded their pilgrimage activities on Sunday, revealing that the pilgrims were expected to arrive in Nigeria later on Monday.