Saudi Arabia restricts hajj pilgrimage over pandemic angering Nigerian Muslims, as the Sultan of Sokoto and President Buhari are affected

Saudi Arabia restricts hajj pilgrimage over pandemic angering Nigerian Muslims, as the Sultan of Sokoto and President Buhari are affected

Saudi Arabia has banned international visitors from making this year’s hajj pilgrimage at the end of July. Only a limited number of people from within the Kingdom will be allowed to attend in efforts to reduce the potential spread of contagion.

The announcement added to disappointment for Muslims around the world, who invest huge sums and face long waits to go on hajj, especially Nigeria.

The obvious implication is that no muslim from Nigeria is allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia this year. This includes prominent and influential muslims, such as the Sultan of Sokoto, President Buhari and 22 state governors.

Nigeria Hajj Commission has scrambled to organise vital town hall meetings to disseminate the relevant informations to the estimated 80 million muslims in Nigeria.

The following conditions will apply:

  1. People above the age of 65 will not be allowed for Hajj
  2. People with chronic diseases will not be allowed
  3. People will go through mandatory testing before going to Hajj
  4. Strict Social distancing will be applied throughout Hajj
  5. Health Status of Pilgrims will be checked daily
  6. People will be isolated after completing Hajj Pilgrimage

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