The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON has debunked the rumour making the rounds that Nigeria has got 50,000 hajj slots, saying that such information is false, while also warning Nigerian intending pilgrims against falling into the hands of fraudsters in the name of Hajj or Umrah registration.
According to NAHCON, the fake advert which circulated first on Instagram and other social media platforms is also calling intending pilgrims to deposit money for hajj to secure their hajj seat.
In a statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs of the commission, Hajia Fatima Sanda Usara, advised intending pilgrims to disregard such information Nigerians, adding that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has neither notified NAHCON of any plans to conduct the 2021 Hajj nor the number of slots allocated to the country.
“Our attention has been drawn to an advert circulated on Instagram and probably other social media platforms claiming that it is official, Nigeria finally got 50,000 slots for Hajj 2021/1442 AH. The advert is calling on intending pilgrims to deposit today to secure their Hajj seat.
“The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria hereby notifies the general public that the said information is false. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has neither notified NAHCON of any plans to conduct the 2021 Hajj nor the number of slots allocated to the country. When such communication takes place, NAHCON will not hesitate to officially disclose the news and its plans on the distribution of slots to respective states.
“The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, hence seizes this medium to warn Nigerian intending pilgrims against falling into the hands of fraudsters in the name of Hajj or Umrah registration.
Please note that, in order to make any deposits in anticipation of 2021 Hajj, intending pilgrims are advised to kindly visit any state Muslim pilgrims’ welfare board or go to NAHCON website on https://nigeriahajjcom.gov.ng/umrah-licensed-companies/or www.nigeriahajjcom.gov.ng for a list of licenced Tour Operators.
Again, until the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia officially informs the world through its official websites or NAHCON on its plans/guidelines/regulations for 2021 Hajj, please ignore any story regarding such.