In order to cut costs, President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that for this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia, there would be no federal government delegation. With the decision, the government is expected to save about $1 million and N30 million in local expenses.
Buhari clarified that the decision will however not prevent the government from play its traditional roles of providing consular, medical and security services to Nigerian pilgrims, Vanguard reports.
According to the report:
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu who stated this on Monday 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.