President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the offer by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, to carry out an oversight over the ad-hoc committees of public officials established by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, to cater for the welfare of Nigeria pilgrims for the hajj, but declares it would not receive any financial assistance from the federal government.
The Sultan is being represented by a committee of emirs led by the Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
The president had earlier announced the suspension of the federal government Hajj delegation as part of measures to cut cost.
In a statement by Mallam Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, he said this did not contradict the earlier directive of the president.
“In accepting this voluntary offer of service, the president made it clear that there will be no government funds involved in the mission by the respected Emirs. Government will also not name any members into the Emirs’ delegation,” the statement read.
Shehu, however, said that measures had been taken to ensure that the well-being of Nigerians on the holy pilgrimage is well managed by the various ad-hoc committees on medical, accommodation, transport, logistics, information and publicity, aviation and tour operators as well as security that generally assist the commission in ensuring hitch-free Hajj operation.
The President commended the monarch for adding this responsibility to his own personal hajj plans.

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