NAHCON assures pilgrims of timely inbound journey

Asma'u Halilu, Makkah

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The Nigerian Consular General to Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Sani has assured pilgrims of timely inbound journey back to Nigeria.

He assured while responding to questions at an interactive session with Kaduna pilgrims, when he led a delegation comprising of Ulamas and media on tour to Kaduna State hotel where pilgrims were accommodated.

According to him, “the aim of the tour was to interact with you the pilgrims and also listen to your complaints and suggestions which we will improve upon, against subsequent hajj operations.”

“It is normal for pilgrims to want to return home after completing hajj rites but we have to also adhere strictly to the first come, first serve rule where pilgrims will be returned home in the order they came, the Consular General explained.”

He also urged the pilgrims to utilize the remaining days left, to pray for the challenges experienced by the Country especially drug addiction amongst youth.

On his part, the Overseer, Kaduna State Pilgrims board, Imam Hussain Ikara had announced that, the first batch of Pilgrims from the state will be returning home by the 2nd of September.

He therefore advised them to be patient, as all pilgrims will be returned home at the scheduled date.

“We understand your plight, especially those who just performed pilgrimage for the first time, assuring them of the board’s commitment to serve them better.”

Speaking on worship after hajj, the NAHCON Leader Ulama Committee, Malam Mansur Ibrahim Sokoto said; “praying in Makkah mosque where the Ka’aba is built, ‘Masjidil Haram’ is a great privilege to all Muslims because unlike any other mosque, prayers here are rewarded by a hundred thousand.”

He therefore called on the pilgrims to dedicate their time worshiping Allah in order to seek his favours and blessings as they await their inbound journey back home.