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Hajj Seats Cut – 2000 Pilgrims From Sokoto, Bauchi to be Affected

| June 21, 2013 More

Sokoto/Bauchi โ€” No fewer than 2000 intending pilgrims from Sokoto and Bauchi will be affected by the recent cut in the number of pilgrims to perform this year’s hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia. In Sokoto, about 1,300 intending pilgrims are affected.

Speaking at a meeting with hajj registration officers from the state, Permanent Secretary, Sokoto State Pilgrims’ Welfare Agency, Alhaji Salihu Muhammad Gatawa, said the number of hajj seats allocated to the state was reduced by 20 percent.

This, he explained, was in compliance with the directive of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) following the cut by the Saudi Arabian authorities on the number of pilgrims for this year from across the world.

Kano Zonal Coordinator of the National Hajj Commission Alhaji Umar Bala has explained that more than 700 intending pilgrims from Bauchi State will not be allowed to perform this year hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Bala said at the train the trainer workshop organized by the Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board yesterday in Bauchi that this was as a result of slashing of the number of the hajj seats allocated to Nigeria by 20 percent by the Saudi Arabian authorities.

Category: Bauchi State News

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