The Saudi authorities have announced 3rd of September, 2016 as deadline for the arrival of pilgrims into the Kingdom.

Before the announcement, delegation of the National Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) for the 2016 Hajj, had arrived in Madina, Saudi Arabia.

The NSCIA, team led by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, will supervise the conduct of the 2016 Hajj Operations by the Nationa Hajj Commission of Nigeria and state pilgrims welfare authorities and the Nigerian Consulate in Saudi Arabia, in respect of the 2016 Hajj.

Recall that Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, had in 2015 announced that there will no longer be Federal Government sponsorship of Amirul Hajj.

The Etsu Nupe, told Liberty News in Madina, that over 60,500 Nigerian Pilgrims have so far being airlifted to the Holy Land to perform this year’s Hajj.

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