NAHCON Chairman/CEO, zikrullahi
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has suspended lesser hajj, Umrah by Nigerians to Saudi Arabia or to visit the Prophet’s mosque in Madinah.
A statement today, February 27 by the Commission’s spoks person, Fatima Sanda Usara said the suspension of lesser hajj is as a result of the temporary suspension of Umrah by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19 (new coronavirus infection) that has spread to about 48 countries globally with a record of over 82,164 confirmed cases as at 27th February 2020.
Fatima recalled that the COVID-19 has recorded many fatalities that has forced some countries with confirmed cases to close down schools and other social gatherings.
“It is worthy and gladdening to note that the National Centre for Disease Control, an Agency under the Federal Ministry of Health, as at today Thursday 27th February, 2020 reported that there is no recorded case of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The Federal Ministry of Health has taken all the necessary measures to prevent the disease in Nigeria.
“Therefore, NAHCON identifies with this courageous step by Saudi Arabia and affirms its commitment and cooperation in the interest of world Muslims and humanity in general.
“This measure was taken in accordance with approved international standards towards curtailing spread of the disease.
“Consequently, NAHCON cautions Nigerian pilgrims for Umrah to note that this suspension is effective on those who have already been issued travel visas and about to embark on the journey as well as for those planning to do so in the nearest future.
“NAHCON urges all stakeholders to comply with the directive and await further instructions from the Kingdom’s authorities.”