The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) organised a special prayer on the plains of Arafat on Monday for a peaceful conduct of next year’s general election in the country.
The prayer was attended by many Nigerians who are in Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj exercise.
Nigeria’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Dodo, and NAHCON chairman, Abdullahi Mohammed, who both spoke briefly before the commencement of the prayers, called on pilgrims to take time and pray for themselves, leaders and the country.
Arafat is the highlight of Hajj operations where pilgrims spend the whole day in supplication.
Mr Dodo said the 2018 Arafat is the last one before elections billed for 2019.
“By the time the next Arafat day holds, elections would have been held in our dear country, may I therefore, call on you all to pray for the successful conduct of the elections.”
Also, NAHCON chairman, Mr Mohammed called on the pilgrims to take advantage of the special day to pray for the continued well-being of the country.
He also urged pilgrims to pray for the country’s leadership especially President Muhammadu Buhari.
Prayers were said in Arabic and other major languages:Hausa, Ijaw, Yoruba, Fulfulde and Igbo.