Hajj Commission restates commitment to ensure safety of pilgrims

Faima Hassan, Madina

The Chairman National Hajj commission of Nigeria has restated his commitment towards achieving a successful Hajj operation in 2016.

Mr. Abdullahi Muktar stated this on his arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport In Madina, Saudi Arabia.

He said all the stakeholders involved in activities of hajj operation are working to ensure the effective implementation of the plans of 2016 hitch free hajj.

“We have been working together with Saudi authority to avert the re-occurrence of the last year’s ugly experienced and everybody is doing his best toward that regard, I am very optimistic  that the operation and  movement during the hajj rites will be smooth and successful and insha Allah it will be hitch free,” he said.

Mallam Abdullahi Muktar urged Nigeria pilgrims to adhere to the rules and regulations of the Saudi government during the hajj exercise.

 “We should be very law abiding and we should respect the rules and regulations of the host government as well as that of Nigerian government so that as we start smoothly we will able to end smoothly”.

Meanwhile, a representative from the Saudi Ministry of Hajj, Sheik Muhammad Al-Qarni has called on countries and their officials to stick to the time schedule allocated for the movement of pilgrims from the tents of Mina to Jamrat.

At a workshop organised for Officials from Africa Non-Arab countries, Sheik Muhammad Al-Qarni said the violation of the arrangements by the pilgrims would attract penalties.

Any pilgrims who violate the arrangement will be made to face the consequence while their state officials will also be held responsible, arrangements have been concluded to assign guides that will lead a cluster of 250 pilgrims at a time to the jamarat and lead them back too”.

“Guides from the Welfare pilgrim boards and Saudi Hajj Ministry will lead the group to perform the stoning rituals and also lead them back to their tent,” he explained.

The Saudi representative further advised countries to orientate their pilgrims on the new arrangements to ensure orderliness while observing the Hajj rites.