In order to clear the current tent in Muna, Saudi authorities have decided to move roughly 10,000 Nigerian pilgrims to another location.
This information was released in a statement made on Monday in Makkah by Malam Mousa Ubandawaki, Deputy Director, Information and Publication, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
According to Ubandawaki, the action was taken as part of measures to solve the issue of the subpar tents provided to Nigerian pilgrims in Muna.
He said the choice was made in response to NAHCON’s protest to the Muttawwif of African Non Arabs about the pilgrims’ insufficient tents, insufficient food supply, and late food service.
The Muttawwif pledged to make up for the incident by moving the pilgrims to the Turkish Arena, which can readily house roughly 10,000 pilgrims, while also apologizing for the treatment given to Nigerian pilgrims.
“We really want to apologise for what the Nigerian pilgrims suffered throughout today.
“I want to impress it on the commission that we will give them the utmost priority in the coming days for what they passed through” said Sindhi, who is the Chairman of the Company of Muttawifs.
In order to reduce congestion in the Muna area, he continued, “from 2pm on Wednesday, we will shift roughly 10,000 pilgrims from outside the usual tent area to the Turkish Arena, which has better facilities.
Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, Chairman of NAHCON, and the Nigerian pilgrims’ patience and endurance were thanked by the company’s leadership for their understanding. (NAN)