In a commendable humanitarian effort, the Lagos State Government has successfully airlifted and safely returned 310 Nigerian citizens who had embarked on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Israel.
This significant operation comes in response to the escalating crisis currently engulfing Israel, which has resulted in numerous casualties.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu took to social media on Tuesday to announce the triumphant return of the Nigerian pilgrims. The evacuation became imperative due to the ongoing hostilities in Israel, with the Israeli air force conducting retaliatory strikes in Gaza, resulting in hundreds of casualties.
“I’m pleased to announce that we have successfully airlifted and returned all three hundred and ten (310) citizens who went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Israel,” Governor Sanwo-Olu stated in his tweet.
Expressing gratitude to the citizens and acknowledging the outstanding work of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Governor added, “I want to thank you all for your concern, and I must also express my joy to our Ministry of Home Affairs for a job well done. We pray for peace in Israel, and indeed the world at large.”
Good morning Lagos,
I’m happy to announce that we have successfully airlifted and returned all three hundred and ten (310) citizens who went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Israel.
I want to thank you all for your concern and I must also express my joy to our Ministry of Home… pic.twitter.com/1gOU3Jtr34
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 10, 2023
This rescue mission underscores the Lagos State Government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and welfare of its citizens abroad, especially during times of crisis. It serves as a testament to the government’s dedication to safeguarding its people, even in foreign lands.
As the situation in Israel continues to develop, the return of these Nigerian pilgrims provides a glimmer of hope amid the turmoil, with prayers for lasting peace in the region and throughout the world.
The successful evacuation marks a significant milestone in the efforts to protect the lives of Nigerian citizens during tumultuous times abroad.