The military on Friday bared the use of the Maiduguri International airport for lifting about 278 pilgrims to this year’s lesser hajj in Saudi Arabia. Those affected include a serving senator representing Borno Central at the National Assembly, Muhamed Ali Ndume. Thisday reports that all efforts of the Governor Kashim Shettima to persuade the military to rescind its decision fell on deaf ears as the aircraft were ordered to leave the terminal empty. The pilgrims had no choice than to travel for seven hours to Kano to board their flights.
But was it for their safety or not?