Buhari cuts Hajj costs
President Muhammad Buhari has revealed that the Federal Government will not be playing a part in this year’s Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.
Buhari revealed that there will be no Federal Government delegation to Saudi Arabia, in a bid to cut costs.
The government will however still provide medical and security services for any citizens which chose to go for the pilgrimage.
About $1 million and N30 million in local expenses is expected to be saved by Buhari’s unexpected decision.
The announcement was made by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who added that the decision was not made because of any particular parties.
Buhari also added that the decision didn’t affect states, who could still send delegates 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.