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Buhari Cancels Govt Delegation To Hajj, To Save $1m

ABUJA – In his bid to cut cost of governments,
President Mohammadu Buhari has announced that
there would be no federal government delegation for
this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia.

He however stated that the government shall play its
traditional roles of providing consular, medical and
security services to Nigerian pilgrims.

With the decision, the government is expected to save
about $1 million and N30m in local expenses.

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
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