Buhari earns praises as local farmers dominate Nigeria’s contingent to 2017 Hajj 

Hajj pilgrims
Hajj pilgrims

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Tuesday praised President Muhammadu Buhari, saying his administration’s agricultural reform policy had empowered more local farmers to enlist for this year’s hajj. 

The Chairman of the nation’s pilgrimage agency, Abdullahi Mohammed, said the current government’s agric policy had economically empowered several local farmers across the country to the extent that thousands of them were able to fund their trips for this year’s hajj.

A total 81,200 Nigerians are performing this year’s pilgrimage, and Mr. Mohammed said majority – at least 60 percent – of that figure are local farmers enriched by Mr. Buhari’s policy.

Each pilgrim paid about N1.5million for this year’s hajj.

In his speech at the 2017 Pre-Arafat meeting with stakeholders, Mr. Mohammed said, “We airlifted 65,000 pilgrims from states, 4000 more than we did last year, and 16,200 from tour operators, 8000 more than we did in 2016.

“We can also see that the reform policy of the Buhari administration in agriculture is working. Sixty percent of pilgrims are farmers and people who made money through agriculture.”

The Buhari administration says it wants to diversify the economy in a manner that positions agriculture as its cornerstone.

Through its Anchor Borrowers Programme, the government has boosted the growing of rice across the country.

The country is also making efforts to export yam to other parts of the world, Agriculture Minister, Audu Ogbeh, recently said.

In his speech at the Makkah event, the NAHCON CEO, Mr. Mohammed, said he and his staff would continue to reform Nigeria’s hajj operation so it can continue to deliver better value to pilgrims.

“Even if it means paying the ultimate price, me and my colleagues are ready for it,” he said. 

He said Nigerian pilgrims now enjoy better transportation and medical services while hajj officials are now more committed to their duties.


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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Bad news for the #Wailers.

  • Sai Baba!

  • Hillary Egwim

    Thousands of people to go and die in Hajj stampede.

    • Muhammad Kabir

      Is better to die in Hajj than in the hands of ritual performing pastors.

  • aboki


  • Dawood

    Biafraudsters, thieves, looters, forgers, scammers, pedophiles, and other assorted criminals won’t like this news.

  • Okams

    It will be helpful to get the names of these farmers and their local governments that are able to pay 1.5 million naira for a pilgrimage. Presently, farmers in Nigeria are unable to buy agro input to fight tota-absoluta that destroyed tomatoes farms in Nigeria. Nigeria imports tomatoes from Cameroon. For two years and going into next year there is no corn in Nigeria because of army worms that has devastated corn fields. Government have no solution to deal with it. Right now in Platue State, potato crops are being destroyed by potato plague. Majority of our farmers are suffering from lack of government support and fund due to consistent loss they have incurred over the years. You export yam but your local market do not have enough. Please give specific data on the help you have rendered to our farmers and where they are. I see a lot of the farmers doing okada because they have nothing left.

    Hunger knows no propaganda. Whatever you sow you reap. No agriculture this year means fewer harvest next year and higher prices for whatever is available.

    • Anonymous

      Farmers in my village (Shonga, EDU LG, Kwara State ) ,did absolutely well.

  • Riot50000

    NIZOORIA is going back to agrarian society.