Hajj 2017: Nigerian Pilgrims Commence Hajj Rites in Saudi- NAHCON boss
With the successful arrival of about 81,000 Nigerian pilgrims in Sadia Arabia, the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Barrister Abdullah Muhammad Mukhtar has disclosed that the Hajj rites have fully commenced without hitches.
He made this disclosure at the ongoing Pre-Arafat stakeholders’ conference, at Al-Raqiyyah Hall, Ring Road, in Mecca, Saudia Arabia.
Barrister Abdullah called on all stakeholders to buckle up as the actual hajj rites have commenced and that all hands must be on deck to ensure a hitch free exercise, saying no one should rest on his oars until when every pilgrim successfully carried out the hajj rites and safely returned to his loved ones.
He said “NAHCON would not relent in its efforts to ensure that the pilgrims got the best possible services during the entire exercise.
“NAHCON has resolved to improve on whatever successes recorded and look for ways to correct mistakes observed so far.”
“The changes the Commission made to ensure that pilgrims got value for their money have come to stay. WE won’t be deterred by threats, arm twisting, ill motivated criticism and real or imaginary hurdles would from her goals.
“We will nevertheless welcome constructive criticisms and genuine advise that would add value to the Commission goals.”
PRNigeria recalls that a total of about eighty-one thousand two hundred Muslims are expected to join about two million other Muslim nationals in performing this year’s hajj rites, that commenced today Wednesday Wednesday 30, 2017. While Thursday is the Arafat Day, the peak of the Hajj rite in Saudi Arabia, other Muslims across the world would observe Eid-Kabir Celebration on Friday, September 1, 2017.
About sixty-five thousand pilgrims from Nigeria came to the Holyland through their various State Pilgrims Welfare Boards, while the remaining sixteen thousand, two hundred came through independent private Hajj tour operators.