Hajj 2023: Hamzat Commends Tinubu's intervention on Nigerian Pilgrims ...urges NAHCON to be proactive - DE-REPORTORIAL


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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Hajj 2023: Hamzat Commends Tinubu's intervention on Nigerian Pilgrims ...urges NAHCON to be proactive

Lagos-based businessman, Alhaji Kazeem Adewale Hamzat has commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's intervention in ensuring that this year's Hajj was successful.

Hamzat who is also the Akinrogun Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, who is currently in Saudi Arabia for the 2023 Hajj spoke in Makkah shortly after celebrating the Eid.

He said many of the Nigerian pilgrims that performed this year's Hajj wouldn't have made it to the holy land but for the intervention of President Tinubu whose directives saved the situation.

"President Tinubu's intervention saved the situation for this year's Hajj. He gave a directive to the

 the leadership of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) to take proactive measures to ensure that all  Saudi-bound Nigerian pilgrims were taken care of."

"To save the situation, the NAHCON leadership organized five rescue flights in case there was any hitch that could have torpedoed the targeted completion date".

"Though the rescue flights were later cancelled after the successful completion of outbound operations, it is the first time in Nigeria's history that such arrangement would be made to forestall any hitch.So we commend the president for his quick intervention".

"The Federal Government must continue to assist NAHCON in ensuring that Nigerian Pilgrims are given the best services," he said

Chief Hamzat also applauded the Chairman of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) Zikrullah Hassan, for making the 2023 Hajj a success, adding that without their support and pro-activeness, the successful transportation of all the 95,000 eligible Nigerian pilgrims to the Kingdom would have been difficult.

He attributed the success of the outbound movement of Nigerian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to the tremendous progress made by the Commission, even as he urged NAHCON to address the issue of the Hajj agents that allegedly duped a lot of people and also charged intending pilgrims depriving people of going to the holy land.

"We thank God that this year's Hajj was a success, Nigerian pilgrims made a great impact and it is my belief that Nigerian pilgrims would continue to be good ambassadors to the country, he said.

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