Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II has been announced as the leader of the federal government delegation to hajj this year just as the airlift of pilgrims begin August 23.
The maiden flight, earlier scheduled for August 18, will be flagged off in Kaduna state.
The national amirul hajj and Sultan of Sokoto Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar said this yesterday in Abuja at the annual National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) stakeholders’ conference.
Our correspondent reports that the Sultan had delegated the Shehu of Borno Abubakar Ibn Umar El-Kanemi and Oba of Lagos Alhaji Rilwanu Akiolu in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
He said the appointment of Sanusi was done after consultations of the stakeholders.
“Hajj in Nigeria has taken turn for the better. The tour operators, the airlines and other stakeholders know what to do. So all stakeholders must play their roles as expected to ensure the success of this year hajj,” the Sultan said.
NAHCON chairman Barrister Abdullahi Mohammed Mukhtar promised that all stakeholders would be carried along adding that since two months that the third board was inaugurated, the commission has been relating to the stakeholders to ensure the success of this year’s hajj exercise and of the board.
“The success of hajj exercise cannot be attributed to one person or one agency. It required the cooperation and support of all the stakeholders,” he said.
He therefore urged all the stakeholders to sustain their support for the present board as they did to the previous two boards before it.