The Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board on Tuesday said any intending pilgrim without a guarantor would not be allowed to perform 2017 Hajj.
The Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Abdullahi Magaji, made the assertion at a news briefing in Bauchi.
According to him, the measure was to put an end to acts of misconduct perpetrated by some pilgrims in the past.
“In preparation for the 2017 Hajj, the Nigeria Hajj Commission is serious about the need to provide a guarantor as a prerequisite for securing a seat.
“If you don’t have a guarantor, you may end up dropping your intention.
“Only three categories of people will be accepted as guarantors to end misconduct and other mischievous acts that may tarnish the image of the country in the Holy Land,’’ Magaji said.He said that district and village heads, civil servants from grade Level 12 and above and Chief Imams of Juma’at Mosques would be required to stand as guarantors for the pilgrims.
Magaji advised those who would guarantee the pilgrims to be cautious and careful in accepting such responsibilities.
He said that the proof of attendance during Hajj classes would also be viewed seriously.
Magaji said that 2520 slots were allocated to the state as against 2759 in 2016.
He said that registration would be opened for intending pilgrims from Jan. 24 to 27.
Magaji said that each intending pilgrim must present their indigene certificate, international passport and two passport size photographs at the Games Village, Bauchi, venue of the registration.