54,000 Nigerian pilgrims in Makkah

Hudu Yakubu, Makkah

About 54,000 pilgrims from Nigeria have so far arrived in Makkah, Saudi Arabia for the 2016 Hajj rites.

An official from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Dr. Aliyu Tanko told Voice of Nigeria in Makkah on Monday.

“This is a large chunk of the 76,000 slots allotted to Nigeria by the Saudi Authorities,’’ Dr Tank said.

He also explained that the total number of pilgrims for both regular and international tour operators in Nigeria could make it to hajj for one reason or the other, leaving a gap between the allotted slots and the actual pilgrims performing hajj.

Dr. Tanko used the opportunity to appeal to the pilgrims to always wear their wrist bands to forestall any form of un-identification in case of any eventuality.