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Buhari cancels FG delegation to Hajj

To match Interview NIGERIA-BUHARI/Apparently in his desire to save the country its financial resources, President Mohammadu Buhari has announced that the federal government would not be sending or sponsoring delegation for this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia.
He however stated that the government shall play its traditional roles of providing consular, medical and security services for Nigerian pilgrims during the islamic holy pilgrimage.
With the decision, the government according to the President’s aide is expected to save about $1 million and N30m in local expenses.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu who stated this quoted the president as saying that the decision was not targeted at any individual or group.
He also stated that States were at liberty to sponsor their pilgrims, if they so desired.
“The states can deal with that (meaning appointment of own delegations) but this year at the Center, we will not be involved” Shehu said.

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