The Amirul Hajj, who is a professor of Islamic Studies at the Kwara State University, Malete, urged those in charge of screening of pilgrims in subsequent hajj operations to ensure that only healthy and able bodies are cleared to perform the pilgrimage.
According to him, two pilgrims, one Fulani male pilgrim and another female who hailed from Ogbomosho, Oyo State but travelled from Kwara State died during this year’s pilgrimage while a total number of 14 pilgrims died across the country.
He commended NAHCON and the Kwara State Government for providing a conducive environment for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, particularly in the areas of feeding and accommodation.
Prof Jamiu attributed the success recorded to the experience of the executive of the hajj committee under the leadership of the Executive Secretary of the pilgrims board, Alhaji Tunde Jimoh.
He called on stakeholders in the hajj operations to ensure that African food are served in future exercise while recalling that most of the foreign food served Nigerian pilgrims were wasted due to the taste of the food.
Similarly, he stressed the need for Saudi Arabia and Nigerian governments to work in tandem in planning future hajj operations even as he praised the Chairman of NAHCON, Barr. Abdullahi Mohammed Muktar for setting up a committee in preparation for next year’s exercise.
The Amirul Hajj observed with joy that all pilgrims from the state were airlifted to Saudi Arabia and brought back home on schedule just as he commended the state government for not sponsoring any politician who according to him disrupt hajj exercise.