Nigeria’s Amir Ul Hajj, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar assured Nigerian pilgrims currently in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and those that are yet to arrive in the Holy Land of adequate welfare while on spiritual hajj exercise.
Abubakar, who is also the Etsu Nupe and a respected tradition ruler in Nigeria, gave the assurance on his arrival at the Prince Muhammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Medina.
The Amir Ul-hajj, who was received at the airport by the officials of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), said every necessary thing have been put in place to ensure comfort of the pilgrims and smooth operation of the hajj exercise.
“We are here to ensure to that everything work well according to plans. Both the consular and officials of NAHCON are working together to ensure all the pilgrims are adequately cared for and also receives the benefit of their hajj rite exercise,” he said.
He added that since hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam is held tenaciously by Muslims, he would ensure that the 2016 hajj rite exercise is handled with all seriousness that it requires.
He said he would personally move round where Nigerian pilgrims are lodged to monitor them and coordinate the activities of the hajj exercise.
“I will be going round the hotels where the pilgrims are lodged to ensure that all the activities are conducted according to plans and the pilgrims benefit from whatever service they require to perform hajj which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
“I thank all Almighty Allah that all of them are here and as today, more than 60, 000 pilgrims from Nigeria have arrived Saudi Arabia and I hope the balance will be completed before the closure of Saudi Arabia airspace.”
Out of about two million pilgrims expected in Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s hajj, a total of 76, 000 are expected to come from Nigeria.
This year’s full hajj ritual exercise is expected to begin on Friday September 9 and end on September 14.