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Nigeria to stop some govt officials from performing Hajj

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Govt officials responsible for assisting pilgrims for the 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia may be stopped from performing the rites, a representative said

The Nigerian Government may have concluded plans to stop some officials from performing Hajj rites.

Those to be affected by the ban are officials responsible for assisting pilgrims for the 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

This was disclosed by a government representative, the Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Abdullahi Mohammed.

He told journalists at the plains of Arafat in Saudi Arabia that officiating and performing hajj could be challenging.

Nigeria and other participating countries, alongside host Saudi Arabia, have implemented new policies to enhance pilgrims’ safety during the 2016 Hajj.

The new policies followed the death of more than 2000 people in accidents during the 2015 event.

Mr. Mohammed said NAHCON may also consider the next policy in the 2017 Hajj exercise.

He also said even if Nigeria was not considering such a policy, the Saudi authorities will in the near future impose it.

Mr. Mohammed said the policy would help officials to perform optimally on their duties as it would help them monitor and assist pilgrims.

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