Hajj 2018: What causes decrease in number of Nigerian pilgrims NAHCO (412 Views)
Chairman of the National hajj Commission of Federal Republic of Nigeria, NAHCON, and Abdullahi Mukhtar has attributed the decrease within the range of this year’s intending pilgrims to the first closure of registration portal by the Saudi Arabia authorities before expected.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that over seventy, 000 Nigerian pilgrims performed the hajj rites in 2017, however the amount has reduced this year.
Speaking with BBC Hausa Service and monitored by our journalist in Kano on Saturday, Mr. Mukhtar disclosed that the Saudi authorities had closed the gathering of the hajj fares on Gregorian calendar month July twenty three, three weeks before the same old deadline.
“Our pilgrims, UN agency are largely traders and farmers, have the tradition of paying for the hajj fares at intervals the last a pair of weeks before the commencement of hajj. It absolutely was by then you see regarding twenty 50,000 to 30,000 folks paying the hajj fares.
“This won't be unconnected with the very fact that the majority of those intending pilgrims are small-scale traders and farmers.
“They wish to continue finance their cash to induce a lot of profit till at the limit of the closure of the payment. The farmers additionally wait till they end mercantilism their grains, then they pay their fares,” he said.
The NAHCON Boss noted that the new system would be a lesson to Nigerian intending pilgrims to be ready for next year’s hajj.
He additionally disclosed that over 50, 000 Nigerian pilgrims are expected to perform this year’s hajj.
Mr. Mukhtar bonus that 11, 500 Nigerian pilgrims had thus far been airlifted to Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj in twenty seven flights.
He represented the hajj operation as a hit, saying, “every pilgrim is being taken care of. Their allowances are punctually being disbursed to them.”
He additional disclosed that 430 medical employees had been put aside to render health care services to the Nigerian pilgrims in each Madinah and Makkah.
His bonus that the medical centers had already been placed on the brink of and within the pilgrims’ accommodation, additionally to five equipment car to supply intensive supply to the pilgrims.
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