Press Release Cancellation of 2020 Hajj and Refund of Fund

The Cross River state Muslim Pilgrims Board wishes to inform  Muslims in the state that the Saudi authorities have restricted this year's hajj to those who were already in the holy land before the outbreak of the global pandemic, Coronavirus, codenamed COVID-19

Conquently, the kingdom  of Saudi Arabia  will only permit hajj for a limited number of pilgrims from various nationalities who already reside in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This decision is consequent upon safety and health concerns for the pilgrims  who will be performing hajj  at the of the Holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus  in more than 180 countries around the world, the number of deaths has hit nearly half a million worldwide hence the precautionary measure by Saudi Arabia.

The Cross River state Muslim Pilgrims Board, has already paid a courtesy call on Rev.Fr.Bob Etta, Senior Special Adviser on Religious Affairs to His Excellency, Governor Ben Ayade, to notify him of the development.

To keep Muslim faithful abreast of the situation, the Board  has visited all the Mosques in Calabar Metropolis to interract with the Imams.

Consequently, all intending pilgrims in Cross River who had made payment for this year's hajj are requested to apply for the refund of their money.


Alhaji  Rabilu Abdullahi Maimaje

Chairman, Cross River State  Muslim Pilgrims Board

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