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NAHCON urges pilgrims to comply with Saudi directives

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has drawn the attention of intending pilgrims from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia to suspend the arrangement until further notice.

According to the commission, this has become necessary following the temporary suspension of Umrah by Saudi Arabia as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus.

“The COVID-19 has recorded many fatalities that has forced some countries with confirmed cases to close down schools and other social gatherings.

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“The Federal Ministry of Health has taken all the necessary measures to prevent the disease in Nigeria. Therefore, NAHCON identifies with this courageous step by Saudi Arabia and affirms its commitment and cooperation in the interest of world Muslims and humanity in general.

“This measure was taken in accordance with approved international standards towards curtailing spread of the disease,” NAHCON stated.

Consequently, it cautioned Nigerian pilgrims note that the suspension was for those who had already been issued travel visas and about to embark on the journey as well as those planning to do so in the nearest future.

The commission urged all stakeholders to comply with the directive and await further instructions from Saudi Arabia.

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