From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
National Coordinator, Eagle Eyed Hajj Monitors, Alhaji Nurudeen Gasali, has assured intending pilgrims from Nigeria that the on-going hostilities between Saudi Arabia and Yemen would not affect the 2015 hajj exercise.
Gasali, who heads the Non-Governmental Organisation(NGO), stated this in an interview in Ilorin. He said measures had been put in place in collaboration with the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) to ensure the success of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
It would be recalled that Saudi Arabia has led the war against Yemen in the last few weeks to restore the legitimate government sacked by rebels.
He noted that Almighty Allah had always protected the Holy Land from any aggression stressing that “we are optimistic that it will not affect the hajj exercise. All measures to ensure the exercise is successful have been put in place.”
He disclosed that the recent pronouncement by most state government that they would not sponsor people who had nothing to do in the Holy Land would assist National Hajj Commission to screen out bad eggs among the intending pilgrims
Gasali said in the last two decades Eagle Eyed had been working for NAHCON, and had stopped many unqualified pilgrims from being airlifted while those caught cheating during hajj were apprehended and sent back to the commission for sanction.
He said that the NGO had continue to protect the image on Nigeria from being tarnished by desperate pilgrims.
Gasali recalled that few of non-Muslims sponsored by state government from the Eastern part of Nigeria were prevented after being identified during the screening exercise, stressing that the NGO would continue to assist Hajj Commission to sanitise the exercise.
He said the Eagle Eyed had always provide free drugs to Nigerian pilgrims who take ill during hajj.