President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the voluntary offer by the leadership of the Muslim community under the Sultan of Sokoto, 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 general welfare of Nigeria pilgrims for the duration of the pilgrimage. The Sultan is being represented by a committee of Emirs under the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi 11.
A statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said this did not contradict the directive 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.
In accepting this voluntary offer of service, the President made it clear that there will be no government funds involved in the mission by the respected Emir. Government will also not name any members into the emir’s delegation.
The spokesperson assured that all measures had been taken to ensure that the well-being of Nigerians on the holy pilgrimage is well managed by the various ad-hoc committees on medical, accommodation, transport, logistics, information and publicity, aviation and tour operators as well as security that generally assist the Commission in ensuring hitch-free Hajj operation.
The President commended the Emir for adding this responsibility to his own personal Hajj plans.