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Hajj: NAHCON Urges Nigeria Pilgrims To Adhere To Saudi Rules

Muslim Pilgrims
Posted: Sep 7, 2016 at 11:54 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has advised Nigerian pilgrims to adhere strictly to Saudi Arabian rules and regulations during their stay in Muna for hajj rites.

The Commission’s Head of Operation in Mecca, Dr Aliyu Tanko gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Mecca.

Tanko said that the call became necessary as arrangements had been concluded to move pilgrims to Muna for a four-day hajj ritual.

He therefore called on all pilgrims to contribute to the efforts of Saudi authority to ensure a successful hajj this year by adhering strictly to the rules.

He said that pilgrims would travel to the massive tent city of Muna by buses where they would be accommodated for the period of the hajj ritual.

“ We have gone to site to inspect the level of preparedness and arrangement to ensure hitch free movement.

“Pilgrims will leave from Muna to Arafat which is the main day, and also from Arafat after the sun set, the pilgrims will move to Munzalifa.

“ Instead of former process where everybody will move to Jamarat from Munzalifa, this time around everybody will come back to the tent and wait for schedule time. ”

He said with the number of pilgrims progressively growing on yearly basis, it became paramount for the Kingdom to adopt several crowd control techniques to ensure safety.

“ The arrangement now is for the pilgrims to move in batches for the throwing of the pebbles which is entirely different from how it uses to be.

“ This is because of the stampede that happened last year, the authorities in looking for solution to protect lives instead of people going to Jamarat direct.

“ They have to return to the tent in Mina and rest the whole day and leave the next morning in batches of 250 per batch with a leader, “he said.

He explained that provision for health care and security had been made by the Saudi government, to ensure smooth movement of millions of pilgrims.

NAN gathered that the Saudi Arabian Authority had provided available facilities in Muna to ensure safety and avoid stampede and death as millions of pilgrims from different countries converge to perform hajj rites. (NAN