President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that there would be no federal government delegation for this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia.
However, the government will still play its traditional roles of providing consular, medical and security services to Nigerian pilgrims.
The new decision will help government save about $1 million and N30m in local expenses.
Malam Garba Shehu, President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said 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.