By Mustapha Usman,
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, on Saturday said it has banned the posting of campaign banners, posters and stickers in Mina and Arafat premises during this year’s Hajj rites which would commence tomorrow, Sunday.
Speaking at a meeting with officials of the commission ahead of the upcoming pilgrimage in Makkah, the NAHCON Chairman, Abdullahi Mukhtar, warned Nigerian pilgrims against politicking during the spiritual exercise.
According to him, the act of pasting campaign souvenirs would incur a harsh sanction against Nigeria by the authorities of Saudi Arabia.
Mr Mukhtar recalled that while he was conducting a tour around the Mina and Arafat during the last year’s Hajj, he personally encountered some posters of women politicians, which according to him, could have attracted sanctions by the Saudi Authorities.
He advised that Hajj exercise should not be politicised in view of its sacred and spiritual importance to Almighty Allah.
“I strongly warn our pilgrims against politicking in this year’s Hajj. No campaign banner, posters, stickers or any souvenir of any individual should be used in Ma’ashir – Mina and Arafat.
“This attitude is uncalled for and if the Saudi Arabia authorities see it, they would incur a harsh sanction on Nigeria,” Mr Muktar added.
The NAHCON boss, therefore, stated that whoever is found wanting would be treated in accordance with the Nigerian law.