NAHCON says Sultan remains permanent Amirul Hajj

Grand Kaaba, a building at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram. PICTURE CREDIT:

The Sultan has delegated the Shehu of Borno to lead this year’s Hajj.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) said on Friday that the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, remains the permanent head of Nigerians performing Hajj, Amirul Hajj.

The Head, Media Affairs, NAHCON, Uba Mana, clarified this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. The statement dismissed speculations that the Federal Government has appointed the Shehu of Borno as this year’s Amirul Hajj.

“For the purpose of 2013 Hajj exercise, however, His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto has delegated the Shehu of Borno, Umar Garbai El-kanemi, who is the Deputy National President of Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), to lead the Federal Government delegation and supervise the conduct of Hajj in Saudi Arabia,” Mr. Mana said.

“The Sultan will continue to be involved in all preparations of Hajj exercise prior to the airlift of Nigerian intending pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“As President of Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), His Eminence is at liberty to nominate or delegate any person(s) suitable to lead the Federal Government delegation to Saudi Arabia for Hajj purposes.’’

The commission, therefore, advised the public and the media to disregard any information to the contrary.

It also enjoined Muslims to remain patriotic and law-abiding citizens as NAHCON was concluding arrangements for the comfort of pilgrims.


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