2018 Hajj: Buhari Assures On Safety Of Nigerian Pilgrims

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday in Abuja restated the

commitment of the Federal Government to ensure the safety of Nigerian

pilgrims throughout their stay in Saudi Arabia.


Buhari, represented by the FCT Minister, Malam Musa Bello, gave the

assurance while inaugurating first flight for the 2018 Hajj with

pilgrims from Kogi State, at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport,



He said that government would do everything possible within the ambit

of the law to ensure the comfort and security of Nigerian pilgrims

from the point of departure  until they return to Nigeria.


He, however, advised the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the

country and to fervently pray for Nigeria to overcome its security,

socioeconomic and political challenges.


“The Federal Government will continue to provide all the needed

support to ensure that Nigerian pilgrims leave the soil of Nigeria

safely, go to Saudi Arabia and perform hajj successfully and come

back,” Buhari said.


Earlier, the Executive Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria

(NAHCON), Abdullah Muhammad, thanked the President for his support and

understanding whenever the commission sought for assistance to

diligently deliver its mandate.


Muhammad also applauded the Kogi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board

for keeping to the arrangement, which ensured a smooth inaugural

ceremony of the first batch of Nigerian pilgrims from Kogi at the



In his speech, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Nigeria, Adnan Bostaj,

assured that the Kingdom had made all necessary arrangements to ensure

the comfort and wellbeing of pilgrims before, during and after the

Hajj rites.


He, however, appealed to Nigerian pilgrims to strictly adhere to Saudi

Arabia rules and regulations, which are not punitive, but meant to

serve them better.


The Chairman House Committee on Nigeria-Saudi Inter-Parliamentary

Relations, Dr Abdullahi Silame, urged Nigerian pilgrims to reciprocate

government gestures in ensuring that they perform Hajj, which is an

important pillar of Islam with little or no stress.


No fewer than 502 pilgrims from Kogi and NAHCON officials including

some members of the National Media Team boarded Max Air direct to

Prince Muhammad Bin Sultan International Airport, Madinah.