Hike In Hajj Fare: CSO Urges Pilgrims Not To Collect Back Deposits


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A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), under the umbrella of Independent Hajj Reporters (IHR), has called on all intending pilgrims who have made deposits for the 2024 Hajj before the hike in fare not to rush into collecting their deposits back from States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and Agencies.

The CSO made the call on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, in a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed.

TheFact Daily reports that the Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has asked all pilgrims who have paid the initial fare of N4.9 million to pay an additional N1.9 million on or before March 28, 2024.

Following the development, IHR on Monday called on President Tinubu to intervene by providing succour to the about 50,000 pilgrims who had paid the initial fare in full.

IHR said, findings by its members across the country and discussions held with some state Hajj officials indicated that quite a number of pilgrims have started asking for their deposits back.

“Our findings show that while some are asking for their deposits out of anger, others are saying they cannot raise the balance of N1.9 million within four days,” IHR said.

It said, its findings also revealed that some pilgrims are contemplating exploring legal options insisting that the Federal Government through the NAHCON had announced a final hajj fare of N4, 699 which they have paid in full within the stipulated time.

They argued that their receipt bears “complete payment for 2024 hajj’ and therefore vow to ensure that they are taken to Saudi Arabia to perform the 2024 Hajj.

“The CSO however advised the intending pilgrims not to rush into taking decisions out of anger and always give a chance for a positive outcome.

“Already, IHR and other like-minded groups across the country have been calling for the intervention of President Tinubu, and the President is known for listening to the yearnings of citizens.

“What if you chose to collect your deposits and then the government intervenes afterward, we urge you to please hold on and see how everything ends.

“Keep the faith and keep praying, for if Allah calls, one must answer,” IHR added.


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