The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has reacted to recent backlash on social media where Nigerians have criticized president Muhammadu Buhari for directing forex to be sold to 2016 Hajj pilgrims at the subsidized rates of 197 naira per dollar as against about 400 naira per dollar used in the parallel market and about 320 naira per dollar bank rates.
NAHCON Media director Uba Mana speaking on Sunday 7 August 2016 said:
“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.
“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.”