NAHCON pledges better Hajj experience

By Hudu Yakubu, Makkah

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The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria(NAHCON), Alhaji Jalal Ahmed Arabi, has promised to do better in the next Hajj and also sought forgiveness from the Pilgrims where they feel the commission has not met their expectations during the 2024 Hajj exercise.

The Chairman, who led the commission’s Management team to monitor and ascertain the situation in the FCT Tent in Mina, Saudi Arabia, also commended the commitment of the Pilgrims during the rituals exercise saying their humbleness and tolerance helped to make the job easier.
He says, “At least those of us here can’t thank Allah enough for having the strength to stand now after going through all we went through. But the smile I saw on your faces shows that there is an indication that Allah has accepted our supplications.”
Arabi explained that any journey such as this doesn’t come without some tribulations and challenges.
“Only Allah is perfect, most definitely there are a lot of expectations by either those coming for the first time or those that would have been coming all this while. Please if you have noticed any shortcoming, we ask for your forgiveness and we didn’t do it in any way to make you suffer… so find a place in your heart and forgive us just as you seek forgiveness from Allah,” the NAHCON Chairman added.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for the FCT 2024 Hajj, Dr Abdullahi Isa Kaura-Mata commended the pilgrims for the show of maturity and orderliness throughout the Hajj Rituals in the Holy Land.
Dr Kaura-Mata appreciated the Minister of FCT, Mr Nyesom Wike and the Minister of State, Dr Mariya Mahmoud for their continued support towards ensuring that everything went on smoothly since their assumption of office in August last year.
Also speaking, the Director of FCT Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board, Malam Abubakar Adamu Evuti, expressed satisfaction and commended the synergy between the Commission and the Saudi Authority on how to make the most important exercise hitch-free.
Malam Evuti further revealed that some of the new policies and programmes introduced by the new leadership of the Commission, such as reducing the number of days spent in Medinah from one week to four days have further justified the commitment of the Commission to ease the process for the pilgrims.
Evuti then called on the pilgrims to continue to pray for the peace and stability of Nigeria particularly the success of the renewed hope initiative of the present administration.
They all prayed for the safe return of the pilgrims back home.

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