NAHCON hopeful on hajj 2020 despite coronavirus – Daily Trust

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The chairman and Chief Executive Officer, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullah Olakunle Hassan, says the commission is optimistic that the 2020 hajj exercise will hold.

Alhaji Hassan said this yesterday at State House, Abuja, after leading a delegation from NAHCON to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing them into the board of the commission and brief him on plans and activities for this year’s hajj.

He said the commission would, however, not be reckless in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reacting to a question on plans to mitigate the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic if it doesn’t subside before the hajj exercise, he said, “As to the issue of COVID-19, 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 daily basis, we interface to know the exact position. I can assure you, we are not going against any of the 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.”