The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has reacted to recent decision by the Saudi Arabia authorities limiting attendance of the 2020 Hajj to residents of the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Commission’s leadership, board members and management welcome the news with complete surrender to the will of the Almighty, and commend the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this brave decision,” Fatima Sanda Usara, Head Public Affairs of NAHCON stated in a statement on Wednesday.
She added that the commission will soon brief the press on the development.
According to Usara, “The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria acknowledges the outpour of interests and enquiries by individuals, pressmen and other stakeholders over the cancellation of international pilgrimage for 2020 Hajj.
“The Commission’s leadership, board members and management welcome the news with complete surrender to the will of the Almighty, and commend the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this brave decision.
“NAHCON is sensitive to all the enquiries and concerns that greeted Saudi Arabia’s much awaited decision. Hence, the Commission assures the general public that as soon as its leadership fulfils all administrative, cum official requirements, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON shall hold a press briefing where all your enquiries and way forward will be addressed.
“Meanwhile, NAHCON urges intending pilgrims to remain calm as necessary arrangements are in place to protect their interest. The Commission appreciates the prayers and support extended to it from all segments of the society.”