Nigerian Muslim pilgrims still to travel to Saudi Arabia have been advised acordingly.
From Thursday, October 11, hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia wishing to go to Medina will not be able to go by road.
This is because the Saudi Arabian government, Thursday, announced the formal closure, by road, of pilgrims’ movement from King AbdulAzeez International Airport Jeddah to Medina; an annual tradition carried out on the 25th day of the Islamic month of Dhul-Qa’adah
In a statement from the Head of the National Reception Team in Jeddah, signed by Sheikh Ajah, the Saudi Authorities also indicated that the midnight of the 2nd day of Dhul – Hijjah, 1433- equivalent to October 18- marks the last day for pilgrims wishing to travel to Medina by air.
In view of this development, the Head of Media at the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Uba Mana, Friday, called on state pilgrim’s welfare boards to properly educate intending pilgrims on the need to strictly adhere to the directive.
Mr. Mana also advised all pilgrims arriving Jeddah after October 11 to ensure that they prepare themselves with the intention of Ihram (wearing of two pieces of white clothes by males) as they would be made to proceed to Mecca on their arrival at Jeddah airport.