The Director of FCT Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board, Malam Muhammed Bashir, on Wednesday urged the 2016 intending pilgrims to abide by the rules and regulations of the Saudi Arabian Government.
Bashir in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja also enjoined the pilgrims to portray the country in good light during their stay in the Holy Land.
He emphasised the need for the faithful to shun any acts capable of projecting the image of the country negatively.
The director encouraged the pilgrims to imbibe the spirit of love, forgiveness and to always help one another, especially in times of difficulties.
Bashir appealed to the pilgrims to tolerate each other during and after the Hajj.
” Pilgrims should try as much as possible to obey the laws and traditions of the Holy Land to avoid any breach and embarrassment.
” They should also comply with the laws as stipulated by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON),’’ Bashir said.
He called on all stakeholders in the 2016 Hajj operation to carry out their duties diligently in order to ensure a hitch-free Hajj.
The director also urged the officials to render assistance to all intending pilgrims who might need it.
Bashir also called on the Federal Government to provide a conducive environment for successful Hajj operation in the country.
He expressed optimism that the 2016 Hajj operation would be better than the previous ones.
” Obviously, we had a nasty experience during the 2015 Hajj operation as a result of two unfortunate incidents that occurred during the exercise.
” The sad incidences that occurred were the crane collapse and the stampede which claimed the lives of many Nigerian pilgrims.
” In fact, the 2015 Hajj can be described as one of the most historic because of what happened.
“In spite of that, we tried our best and everything went well,’’ the director said.