The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Abdullahi Mukhtar, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his “immense” contribution towards the success of this year’s Hajj exercise.
In a statement by the NAHCON’s Head of Public Affairs Division, Fatima Usara, the chairman made the commendation during a meeting with Executive Secretaries of State Pilgrims Welfare Boards in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday.
According to the NAHCON spokesperson, the chairman commended Mr Buhari for continually supporting the commission and paving the way for it to overcome its challenges.
She said: “He also commended the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for overseeing a Hajj season devoid of an outbreak of any major diseases, mishaps, and called for more prayers for prosperous Hajj seasons.
“The Chairman acknowledged how difficult handling the affairs of millions of people from different sociocultural backgrounds must be yet, the Saudi government goes the extra mile to protect and provide satisfaction to guests of The Merciful Lord.
“Barrister Muhammad also complimented SPWBs for their cooperation throughout the 2018 Hajj operation, urging them to continue to join hands with NAHCON and air carriers for the smooth movement of pilgrims back home.
“He solicited them to educate pilgrims on the need to comply with luggage regulations to avoid unnecessary delays at screening points in the airports.
“Concurrently, the Commission’s helmsman praised Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s Hajj for their patience, comportment, most especially their orderliness.
“He also acknowledged that most of them remained within the precincts defined for hand luggage, thus, the bane of arriving Jeddah Airport with multiple excess luggage was minimal compared to other years.
“He promised that all pilgrims will be transported home to Nigeria within the shortest time possible,” she noted.