Mukhtar Yahya Usman
Some Kano state pilgrims that are in Makkah, Saudi Arabia say they are suffering from filth, diseases, and physical exhaustion.
A female who pleaded anonymity told KANO TODAY that their Makkah residence is dirty.
Many of the pilgrims are also suffering from diseases but do not have access to healthcare facilities, according to the female pilgrim.
Another female pilgrim also affirmed that they do not know where to find the health workers that are supposed to take care of them.
She also complained that their residence is too far from the Masjid al-Haram, making it impossible to attend the five daily prayers in congregation.
Reacting to the allegations, Executive Secretary Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Muhammad Abba Danbatta said Kano houses in Makkah are the closest to Ka’aba compared to other states.
Mr Danbatta said the houses are located at Misfalah, about 10 minutes’ walk away from the Masjid Alharam.
Most of the complainants are just not used to walking for 2.2 kilometres at home, Mr Danbatta added.
He however said that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has the sole responsibility of providing healthcare to Nigerian pilgrims.
Fatima Sanda Usara, Public Relations Officer of the Commission is yet to respond to the complaints.