The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) held an interactive meeting with Nigeria’s Ulama community on the importance of confronting disinformation and unsubstantiated rumour about the efficacy and safety of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
This was disclosed in a press release, signed by Fatima Sanda Usara, NAHCON’s Head of Public Affairs on Monday.
Speaking at the meeting which held in Abuja, the NAHCON Chairman, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, revealed that the meeting was essentially to interact with them on the activities of the fourth board; to seek their advice as veterans on Hajj matters, to request continuous prayers and to solicit their support for sensitisation and mobilisation of potential subscribers for the Hajj Savings Scheme.
Most importantly, the Chairman informed the gathering that though still hopeful that the 2021 Hajj will hold, the Commission has been in constant touch with the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to ensure early and adequate Hajj travel arrangements based on the new normal of the pandemic.
He commended the Ulama team made up of 50 members cutting across states, geopolitical regions, and different Islamic organisations for the vital roles they have been playing in keeping Muslims informed about the COVID-19 pandemic, appealing to them as a body to continue to be at the forefront of advising Muslims to adhere strictly to the Federal Government protocols on the pandemic.
Various speakers at the parley reaffirmed the importance of enlightenment on COVID-19 and other Hajj-related matters.
According to one of the participants, Hajj itself has gone beyond the spiritual realm to also include diplomacy, security, medical and national assignments among others.
Therefore, the Ulama need to be well informed on COVID-19 protocols in order to breakdown such information during sermons in the mosques to the level of the layman’s cognition.
Members were advised to combine relevant medical knowledge with Islamic activism in the interest of the Ummah.
Commending NAHCON for its recent achievements, most speakers in the forum assured the fourth board of their support while advising it to be pragmatic.
Also in attendance were the Commissioner Planning Research Statistics, Information and Library Services, Sheikh Suleiman Momoh; Commissioner Policy Personnel Management and Finance, Alhaji Nura Hassan Yakassai; Commissioner and Commissioner Operations, Alhaji Abdullahi Magaji Hardawa.