By Ishola Balogun and Kazeem Ategbeshe, Saudi Arabia
The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Barrister Abdullah Muhammad Mukhtar has disclosed that 81,200 Nigerians had arrived the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj.
He disclosed that out of the number, 75,000 were from various States Pilgrims Board and 16,200 from Independent private tour operators.
He made this disclosure at the Pre-Arafat stakeholders conference, at Al-Raqiyyah Hall, Ring Road, in Makkah, Saudia Arabia.
Barrister Abdullah called on all stakeholders to brace up as the actual hajj rites has commenced and that all hands must be on deck to ensure a hitch free exercise, saying no one should rest on his oars until when every pilgrim successfully carried out the hajj rites and safely returned to his loved ones.
He said “NAHCON would not relent in its efforts to ensure that the pilgrims got the best possible services during the entire exercise.
“NAHCON has resolved to improve on whatever successes recorded and look for ways to correct mistakes observed so far.”
“The changes the Commission made to ensure that pilgrims got value for their money have come to stay. WE wont be deterred by threats, arm twisting, ill motivated criticism and real or imaginary hurdles would from her goals.
He added that the commission would always welcome constructive criticisms and genuine suggestions that would add value to the Commission goals.
This number has joined other Muslim nationals in performing this year’s hajj. Thursday is the Arafat Day, the peak of the Hajj rite in Saudi Arabia, other Muslims across the world would observe Eid-Kabir Celebration on Friday September 1, 2017.