By Tina Akannam
Dutse â€” Chairman ofÂ the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji Muhammad Usman Bello, has disclosed that arrangements have been completed for the feeding of all Nigerian pilgrims through out their stay at the holy land, saying the commission has decided to emulate Jigawa State pilgrim feeding policy.
Bello dropped this hint in Dutse when he paid a visit to Governor Sule Lamido, saying the commission decided to emulate Jigawa as part of government efforts towards making Hajj operations less stressful for Nigerian pilgrims.
The NAHCON chairman said they were in the state to specifically express appreciation to the Jigawa State government for its successful Hajj operation especially the free feeding arrangement introduced by the state government.
Said he: â€œJigawa State was the pioneer state to introduce feeding of pilgrims in the holy land and that policy was well implemented which also made NAHCON to emulate this. We are proud of youâ€.
BelloÂ also disclosed that intending Muslim Pilgrims mustÂ undergo compulsory training onÂ Hajj rituals before they would be allowed to perform the exercise.
According to him, the commission had noticed with dismay that majority of Nigerian intending pilgrims were ignorant of the basic knowledge of hajj, adding that they need to be trained and educated on the basic rules and guidelines for performing hajj even before going to the holy land for the annual event.
According to him, â€œpractising Islam has to do with knowledge. The commission has noticed with dismay that majority of Nigerian intending pilgrims are ignorant of the basic knowledge of hajj, hence the need to train and educate them on the basic rules and guidelines for performing hajj even before going to the holy land for the annual event.â€
In his response, Governor Sule Lamido assured that his administration was willing to give all necessary supports to the commission and the state Pilgrims Welfare Board with a view to ensuring successful hajj exercise in future.