The Saudi Arabia authorities have announced the lifting of direct travel ban from Nigeria into the kingdom, effective from March 5.
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, disclosed this in a statement by its spokesperson, Fatima Sanda-Usara, who quoted a circular released by the kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation, GACA.
According to the statement, a near total cancellation of covid-19 restrictions were also announced, indicative of a return to regularity.
The statement, however, noted that the only requirement for entry into the Kingdom is full vaccination with the accompanying registration on Tawakkalna and Eatmarna apps as gateway.
The statement further quoted the NAHCON Chairman, Zikrullah Kunle-Hassan, as rejoicing with Muslims in Nigeria and the world over, over the return of normal worship in the two Holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah.
He said: “Indeed, it has been two years of agonizing deprivation for those to whom Saudi Arabia is not just a home of worship but also a means of livelihood.”
Mr Hassan, however, noted that the Kingdom’ s decisions on matters of Hajj and Umrah have always been in the interest of the Muslim world and the generality of humanity, no matter how difficult the decision might seem.
While giving gratitude to the Almighty, the NAHCON Chairman commended the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, “for this brave move to the Muslim ummah despite the pandemic challenges”.
The NAHCON Chairman, therefore, advised Nigerian intending pilgrims to be law-abiding whenever they travel out of the country for Hajj or Umrah.