MINNA – Malam Jalal Ahmad Arabi, the
NAHCON Acting Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has appealed to the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) to encourage intending pilgrims for this year’s Hajj to pay up their fares in order to beat the deadline given by Saudi Authorities.

Malam Jalal Arabi made the call while addressing the JNI Central Council Meeting at the Justice Legbo Kutigi International Conference Hall in Minna.

The NAHCON chief executive underscored the new policies introduced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in relation to deadline of visa issuance. He stressed on the global economic predicament and role of the Dollar as a determinant of Hajj computation.

He therefore solicited for the support of attendees in enhancing public enlightenment on the challenges faced by the Commission as well as the need to act fast. He however expressed optimism that with necessary support, the final Hajj fare would not exceed N4.5 million.

Eminent personalities from royal fathers and religious leaders graced the event chaired by His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of JNI, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III. Professor Khalifah Dikwa of the University of Maiduguri, who served as the Guest Speaker, provided insightful discourse and intellectual depth to the discussions.

The meeting harped on security and infrastructural decays in Northern Nigeria with emphasis on collaboration between religious, political and traditional leaders to forge ahead.

Other participants at the event included the Hon. Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi; the Niger State Governor represented by his deputy; top Islamic leaders, including Sheikh Abdullahi Bala Lau, Sheikh Kabiru Gombe, representatives of Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir, Maulana Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, and other prominent religious leaders nationwide.

The JNI is a foremost Islamic body in Nigeria, working towards the promotion of Islamic values and fostering national development.