Buhari Grants Sultan’s Request to Cater for Pilgrims


President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted an offer by the leadership of the Muslim community under the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar to carry out an oversight over the Ad-hoc committees of government officials established by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON , to cater for the welfare of Nigerian pilgrims for the duration of the pilgrimage.A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu‎, said the Sultan would be represented by a committee of Emirs under the Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi 11.

However, Shehu said this arrangement did not contradict the directive earlier issued by the president that the Federal Government Delegation for the 2015 Hajj exercise be suspended in line with the cost-saving measures of his administration.

According to him, ‎in accepting this voluntary offer of service, the president made it clear that there would be no government funds involved in the mission by the respected Emir.

“Government will also not name any members into the Emir’s delegation,” he added.

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