FG Didn’t Give Forex Waiver To Muslim Pilgrims – NAHCON

HAJJThe National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Sunday explained that the Federal Government has not given foreign exchange waiver to Muslims performing the Hajj this year.

The commission’s Head of Media, Uba Mana, said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

“The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria wishes to draw the attention of the public that the Federal Government has not given foreign exchange waiver to Nigerian pilgrims performing this year’s hajj”, Mr. Mana said.

“If there is one thing that the Government did for the Nigerian pilgrims, it was to allow the exchange rate prevalent at the time of payment of Hajj fare in February when the current flexible exchange rate was not in action to subsist.

“It is therefore wrong and mischievous for some persons or media organisations to peddle unfounded claims that the Federal Government gave the Nigerian pilgrims a waiver”, he said in the statement.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Presidency had earlier clarified the concessions of foreign exchange rate of N191 to one dollar for the 2016 intending pilgrims to Hajj and Jerusalem.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity Garba Shehu said the policy was non-discriminatory.
He said that it had been approved before the current foreign exchange regime came into effect.

He also said that that the Central Bank of Nigeria had confirmed the approval, wondering why the apex bank had not notified the public before earlier. (NAN)


  1. What a system and society populated by a bunch of liars, vainglorious thieves, callously wicked souls and hedonistic idiots! If a country is secular which of course should be with ethnic groups of more than 350, why not let it be. Why sowing the seeds of division in policy decision making? The president had already admitted the exchange relief was granted and that indeed was extended to the christians on pilgrimage too. When it became clear after barrage of questions by Nigerians, next thing is to go on denial mode. In a secular country like Nigeria it is simply unthinkable to do such. Interest of about 180 millions citizens are involved here. Help us God in this animal kingdom (Amen)!


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