The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Alh. Abdullahi Muhammad, has commended the efforts of all stakeholders who contributed in ensuring success of the just concluded Hajj.
Muhammad particularly expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, retired Justice Isa Dodo, the Nigerian Consul-General and members of staff of the embassy, for their support, cooperation, assistance and guidance.
In a statement from the National Media Team dedicated unit for the 2019 Hajj, in Saudi Arabia on Friday, Muhammad was quoted as speaking at the post Arafat meeting in Mecca.
According to the statement, the meeting was called to review this year’s Hajj and chart a course for next year’s exercise.
The chairman, who reviewed three days Mashaa’air activities in Muna, Arafat and Muzdalifah, decried the manner pilgrims of other countries trespassed into Nigerian tents recklessly and unchecked.
He also lamented the congestion in some tents in Muna, but promised that measures would be taken to improve the accommodation.
While Muhammad urged state officials to have firm control over the conduct of their pilgrims next time, the Chairman warned against lawlessness, indiscipline and violation of Saudi rules, regulations and guidelines.
The NAHCON boss also commended members of staff of NAHCON, state officials, ad-hoc staff and the media for contributing to the success of the exercise.
He noted that the not-so envisaged and anticipated challenges faced in this year’s exercise were eye openers to the need to devise means of guarding against future occurrences.
He also expressed satisfaction with the performance of members of the National Medical Team.
Muhammad noted the “sacrifices, innovations, commitment, perseverance and the unequaled determination shown by the team to serve the Nigerian pilgrims diligently.”
The NAHCON boss, who disclosed that Nigeria lost 10 pilgrims during the exercise, condoled with the families, pilgrims, boards and governments of the affected states, and prayed for the repose of their souls.
On the pilgrims’ return scheduled for Aug. 17, he said everything had been put in place to ensure success of the exercise, but warned that there could be impromptu changes in scheduled flights due to heavy rains being experienced in some parts of Nigeria.
Muhammad, however, regretted any inconveniences that such development might cause pilgrims and urged them to bear with the commission in the event of such occurrences.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Dodo, top members of the commission, Ulamas and private tour operators among others, attended the meeting.
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