- Hajj 2019: Buhari warns officials against high handedness
By Bashir Ahmad
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned officials saddled with the responsibility of overseeing Hajj operations against high handedness and laxity with the welfare of Nigerian pilgrims.
The President gave the warning on Wednesday during the inaugural flight of for Hajj 2019 which had 495 pilgrims from Katsina and 20 officials at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport.
President Buhari was represented at the occasion by the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari.
The President also called on the officials to ensure that the intending pilgrims are well taken care of in the Holy land.
To the intending pilgrims, the President urged them to pray fervently for the nation saying “Nigeria needs your prayers now more than ever.
“As we focus on rebuilding our dear country, Nigeria, the Hajj presents us a unique opportunity for self reflection, brotherhood and tolerance, all in a view to foster unity and diversity as encapsulated in the spirit of the Hajj rites.
“I therefore implore you to make just use of the Hajj experience and improve your relationship with your creator and discharge your duties to your country as responsible citizens.
“Similarly, I call on NAHCON to ensure that Nigerian pilgrims are well taken care of in Saudi Arabia.
“This administration will not tolerate laxity and high handedness from any official responsible for the welfare and well being of Nigerian pilgrims.