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Hajj 2022: Bauchi attributes pilgrims departure delay to visa processing hitches

 

Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has attributed the delay at the on-going 2022 outbound operation to Saudi Arabia for intending pilgrims from the state to hitches in Visa processing.

 

The Executive Secretary of the Board Imam Abdurrahman Ibrahim Idris made this known on Sunday. He said the problem affected all States in Nigeria.

 

A statement from the spokesperson of the board, Muhammad Sani Yunusa quoted Imam Abdurrahman calling on intending pilgrims who missed first, second and third flight to go to the board to confirm their names. He also debunked the rumour that the pasted list is the final list.

 

He explained that Bauchi State has secured Visa for over 1400 intending pilgrims and successfully airlifted about 1310 Bauchi contingent to Saudi Arabia.

 

Iman Abdurrahman emphasised that the Board through the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), is in touch with the Saudi consulate for more visas to accommodate all the pilgrims.

 

He therefore urged the intending pilgrims who have not seen their names to “bear with the delay in the issuance of the Visa with Patience”, saying Patience will itself earn them handsome reward.

 

Describing Hajj as answering the call of Allah, Imam Abdurrahman used the privileges’ to further call on the general public to fervently pray against all hitches that may affect this year’s Hajj Exercise.

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