- More Muslims may soon have the opportunity to go to Saudi Arabia for Hajj as Zhikrullahi Hassan, the chairmanship nominee of the Hajj commission promised to slash the fares
- Hassan said this during his screening by the Senate, noting that the move will afford the Nigerian masses the opportunity to participate in the religious rite
- The chairmanship nominee also said he would introduce a Hajj saving scheme for intending pilgrims if his appointment is confirmed
Going for Hajj, Holy Pilgrimage, is one of the most important pillars of Islam. This explains why every Muslim across the world attaches utmost importance to the special religious rite.
Sadly, the economic realities, especially in developing countries like Nigeria, has made it difficult for many Muslims to embark on the holy pilgrimage as the financial requirements keep increasing every year.
However, the time for many Nigerian Muslims to have the opportunity to participate in the special rite may be near as Zhikrullahi Hassan, the chairmanship nominee for the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria(NAHCON), Zhikrullahi Hassan, has promised to slash the Hajj fares if his appointment is confirmed by the Senate.
Addressing the Senate during his screening, Hassan said the current hajj fares is unaffordable and needed to be reviewed downward, Daily Trust.
He explained that such move will allow Nigerian masses who wish to perform holy pilgrimage to do so.
Hassan also said he will introduce a Hajj savings scheme which will make intending pilgrims to save in tranches ahead of the pilgrimage time.
The nominee also said he would ensure a reduction in the number of days spent by Nigerians in Saudi Arabia during the pilgrimage, noting that Nigerians stay too long than necessary.
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In 2019, some 65,000 Nigerian pilgrims were among 1.8 million Muslims across the world who observed Arafat Day in Muna, Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the hilly Arafat site reported that Nigerian pilgrims used the occasion to pray for themselves, their families and Nigeria.
Some pilgrims who spoke with NAN, described the occasion as unique, saying it gave them the opportunity of a lifetime to pray specially for peace and development in Nigeria.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Hajj commission disclosed that the reforms that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration embarked upon saved Nigerian pilgrims over N90 billion between 2015 and 2018.
NAHCON’s spokesperson, Fatima Sanda Usara, made this known during an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja.
Usara stated that the hajj operations, during the previous administration, enmeshed in corrupt practices, which she said, included BTA dollar fraud, fraud in dollar concession and profiteering in the name of government sponsorship.
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