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Emir of Kano Alh. Aminu Ado Bayero yesterday warned intending pilgrims for the 2021 hajj from Kano against violation of regulations including COVID-19 protocols and immigration rules in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Besides, the Emir dwelled extensively on strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols and imbibing culture hygiene during the spiritual sojourn at the holy land.
Emir Bayero issued the warning on Monday while declaring the 2021 hajj enlightenment exercise open in Kano.
The hajj enlightenment program is a regular sensitive program designed to educate pilgrims about the religious activities and regulations at the holy land.
Essentially initiated by the Kano state Pilgrims Board, the awareness creation program is traditionally declared open a few months into pilgrims airlift to Saudi Arabia.
Alh. Aminu reminded that there will be a clear departure in the practice and procedure of 2021 exercise due to affection of COVID-19 pandemic which has naturally changed the faces of global activities.
The Emir equally noted that like every other global citizen, Nigerian contingents will be compelled to adapt with new normal and protocol added that pilgrims from Kano should not be found wanting among global citizens.
” Hajj practice has changed from what everyone is used to therefore you must prepare to adapt with the new practice. COVID-19 is the new normal. It has changed the face of everything in the world including hajj exercise.
“So as the sensitization exercise declared opened, intending pilgrims are expected to learn more of how to carry out with the new tradition and regulations. You will be confronted with a new system, new practice and protocols. You can’t afford to be left out of the global citizen”. Emir Bayero noted.
Governor Abdullah Umar Ganduje cautioned the Kano intending pilgrims to remain worthy ambassadors of Kano state with commitment to exhibit decorum and best conduct during their stay.
Represented by Secretary to the State Government Alh. Usman Alhaji, Ganduje directed the 44 council chairmen to actively support the pilgrims board to attain success.
Executive Secretary of the state Pilgrims Board, Alh. Abba Mohammad Dambatta explained that the orientation exercise will run weekly from and throughout the month of Ramadan to keep pilgrims abreast new normal during Hajj.
Alh. Dambatta noted that the board is prepared to comply with regulations and protocols as strictly stated by Saudi and National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). He applauded the support of Governor Abdullah Umar Ganduje for support and enablement afforded the board.
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