The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan has assured that the commission will abide by any decision of the federal government on the conduct of this year’s Hajj should the Coronavirus (COVID-19) remain a problem.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting of the board of the commission with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday at the presidential villa, Abuja, he was however confident that all will be well for the exercise to take place.
He said the commission was working with officials of the Federal Ministry of Health on the issue, as he assured that nothing will be done to jeopardize the health of Nigerians.
Asked what will be done to mitigate the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on Hajj operations, he said: “As to the first question on the issue of Coronavirus, as people of faith, we are always optimistic but we are not reckless. I can assure you that we are in tandem with the Federal Ministry of Health to actualize the Federal Government position on the matter.
“We have a member on the board who is with the Federal Ministry of Health. On a daily basis, we interface to know the exact position.
“I can assure you, we are not going against any of federal government’s directives to ensure that Nigerians, either within or outside the country, are healthy and safe. So, we won’t be reckless. By Allah’s will, this year’s Hajj will come to be.”
Hassan disclosed that the members of the board were in the presidential villa to express their gratitude to the president for appointing them into the board.
He said they were also there to brief him on preparations for this year’s exercise.