Sultan of Sokoto, Muslim leaders canvass nongovernment funding for Hajj

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar

The Hajj Commission has argued for non-governmental funding of hajj operations in Nigeria.

In its 2014 report, submitted on Wednesday by the 2014 federal government’s hajj ​delegation led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Abubakar, the commission urged President Goodluck Jonathan to set up a technical committee comprising of ​ Christian and Muslim leaders that will seek ways of running pilgrimages independent of government.

In his remarks shortly before submitting the report to the President, the Sultan listed challenges encountered in Hajj operations.

“A few of such problems could be taken to be the clamour for the self-sustenance of hajj operations in Nigeria, which will make federal government to spend virtually less or nothing in our quest to have an independent hajj operations in Nigeria,” the Sultan said.

He also called for the implementation of the 2014 National Conference report.

“We know about the report of the National Conference… We suggest before the President takes a stand on that.

Maybe he should set up a small technical committee comprising of religious leaders of both Christians and Muslims to see how we can be self-sustaining and independent,” Mr. Abubakar said.

At the National Conference that held in 2014, the confab delegates recommended the scrapping of government sponsorships of pilgrims to Mecca and Jerusalem.

The Sultan advocated for a hajj savings scheme.

“We had mentioned that the Central Bank of Nigeria and the NDIC should be encouraged to fast ​ track the production of necessary guidelines and framework for the establishment of a hajj savings scheme, that is yet to be taken very seriously and we believe if that is done we might have a Hajj commission that is self-sustaining,” he added.

He thanked the President for offsetting the outstanding bill incurred as a result of the hijab issue with the Saudi government.
Mr. Abubakar said the 2014 Hajj exercise was successful in spite of the Ebola scare which prevented the early lifting of pilgrims.

The report, the Sultan said, was put together by a team led by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.

President Goodluck Jonathan thanked the delegates for coming up with the report and assured them that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, would thoroughly analyse the report and come up with recommendations.

He charged religious leaders to continue to pray for the peace of the country, the forth coming general elections.

“No person who is really religious…can willingly go and kill. We continue to pray for the peace of the country, especially as we face the general elections this year.

“Anytime you open the papers, it is as if the country wants to burn, but Nigeria will surely be safe, Nigeria will surely be united and we will execute the election in the end and this country will surely be a peaceful country and we will all collectively work hard to transform our economy. But you should pray for the peaceful conduct of the general elections and peaceful transition,” the President said.


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  • tundemash

    “President Goodluck Jonathan thanked the delegates for coming up with the report and assured them that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, would thoroughly analyse the report and come up with recommendations.”

    That is the end of that report !!!! ….. has he ever implemented any report ???????

    • Timi

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • D1

    This is the proper response to this partisan and BS findings, not even worth the paper it’s written on. This clueless president and his sycophants keep digging their own graves, due to one mistake after the other.
    They are not doing this president any favors with this show of shame, their actions show clearly this election won’t be free and fair.

    • Abaleke

      Are you preparing to Rigg the election because am sure that APC with Buhari will never win election in this country or is it because of Tinubu, but that one can only rig but time no way for rigging by him.The president who is taking us to the promise land is the one we will follow, we are not going back to Egypt if you like you can go alone since you seem to be blind in all the achievement of the president you are only mindful of negatives, hiding under the instructions of your master the task master. Who decided to sell the Speakership meant for his people to somebody in Sokoto. Reason and use your tongue to count your teeth.If you use the whole of your life time to learn madness when will you practice it?

  • Chris1408

    Shekau, the mad man of Sambisa forest.

  • Abufata Gumi

    Olisa Metuh only asked APC to explain its connections with MEND. i do not see anything wrong with this unless somebody has an ulterior motive. Nigerians are still waiting for them for answers. Gbomo Jomoh should stop getting angry over a simple question by a well-meaning Nigerian.

    • Boltonboyan

      And why would pdp link APC with MEND? If the group had come out to throw its weight behind GEJ, I’m Olisah Metuh wouldn’t have said this thrash. It’s so obvious, the PDP are jittery. The wind of change isnblowing everywhere….from North, to the east and down to the west, it’s GMB. Sai Buhari.

  • sammyctu ode

    President Obasanjo is not the liar BUT YOU OKONJO-IWEALA IS THE BIG LIAR. Why not release the forensic report of the 20 Billion Dollars? All the reports commissioned by jonathan administration for the past six years have NEVER BEEN REALEASED. Okojo-Iweala, you are a disgrace to World Bank, To Womamhood and to the USA where somme of us got our good values to do the right thing, tell the truth and defend the people against bad government like that of jonathan.

    • Alcindo Satori

      so President Obasanjo’s daughter is a liar?! Is there something you know that we don’t have a clue about?

  • Okey

    According to the Nigerian media, MEND – criminal, murderous organization that rejected amnesty but remained on the course of pipelines vandalism, raping, kidnapping and killing – was the first “NGO” to show support to Buhari’s presidential candidacy immediately upon the latter’s campaign flag-off in Port Harcourt. We now await BH declaration of support to cap it all.

  • Shehu Monguno

    I have asked before and I am asking again. I have never seen a picture of Jomo Gbomo an my attempt at Google search lead to Henry and Christopher Okah. Please can anyone give me an idea who Jomo Gbomo really is?

  • Boltonboyan

    PDP’s jittery heightened as MEND supports GMB. And why would pdp link APC with MEND? If the group had come out to throw its weight behind GEJ, I’m Olisah Metuh wouldn’t have said this thrash. It’s so obvious, the PDP are jittery. The wind of change isnblowing everywhere….from North, to the east and down to the west, it’s GMB. Sai Buhari.