The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has fixed the end of July for the commencement of registration of intending pilgrims for the 2021 exercise.
The Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Abubakar Babangida Tafida made this known at a press briefing in Bauchi.
This follows the ban on international pilgrimages and the performance of Hajj this year due to the COVID-10 pandemic.
Recall that the Saudi Arabia last week announced that the 2020 hajj, scheduled to take place in July, would welcome “very limited numbers” of pilgrims.
Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had said pilgrims taking part will be from various nationalities who already reside in Saudi Arabia.
The Executive Secretary admonished those who had made deposits for this year’s Hajj but are not allowed by the Saudi’s decision to perform the spiritual rite to accept it as an act of Allah.
He, however, declared that any of them who want to collect their deposits from the board are at liberty to do so at any time they wish.
Speaking further he explained that the early commencement of registration for the 2021 exercise is to enable the state pilgrims welfare boards and NAHCON conclude necessary arrangements for a hitch-free 2021 Hajj operation in time.
He noted that the 2021 Hajj operation will be highly competitive, adding that the board will apply the principle of first come first serve in distributing Hajj slots to intending pilgrims from the state.