The Bauchi State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board has warned intending pilgrims to desist from traveling to Saudi Arabia with kolanuts as the Saudi Arabian authorities have banned the importation of kolanuts during the forthcoming hajj exercise into their country.
Disclosing this to journalists in his office over the weekend, the Executive Secretary of the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Abdullahi Magaji Hardawa, said the Kingdom had taken firm and definite measure to ensure that the new measure works.
Alhaji Abdullahi Hardawa said the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has directed various states pilgrims’ boards to inform their intending pilgrims that Saudi Arabia, has categorized kolanut as a narcotic substance that must not be allowed into the country.
According to him, under no circumstance should intending pilgrims contemplate taking kola nuts into the Kingdom, stressing that people should not infringe on the laws of the country.
On the sacrifice of animals by pilgrims during hajj, the Executive Secretary disclosed that the Federal Government has officially recognized Ja’iz Bank as sole collector of the money of pilgrims’ animals to be sacrificed.
Alhaji Abdullahi Hardawa said the amount payable by each pilgrim is N24,215 which he said is optional and on the state pilgrims accommodation in Mecca, the Executive Secretary said the state government has retained the accommodation which is close to the holy mosque in the city.
He however warned that the board would not take it lightly with non state pilgrims who often occupy rooms in the house meant for the state pilgrims, stressing that pilgrims should support the board to ensure the success of the exercise.
The Executive Secretary commended Governor Muhammad Abubakar for his support to the board in the area of securing decent accommodation for the state pilgrims and the general welfare of the pilgrims, and called on the intending pilgrims to reciprocate the gesture by exhibiting good conduct throughout their stay in the holy land.