Tinubu Spent N90 Billion to Subsidize Hajj, VP Shettima Reveals Amid Economic Hardship

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Vice President Shettima Confirms N90 Billion Hajj Subsidy Amid Economic Hardship.

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Vice President Kashim Shettima has revealed that the President Bola Tinubu administration has subsidized the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage with N90 billion, amidst widespread economic hardship in the country. Shettima made this announcement at the inauguration of the 2024 National Hajj operation in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.

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The Vice President explained that the government had to intervene due to the fluctuation in foreign exchange rates, which posed a significant challenge in announcing the final hajj fare. He praised President Tinubu’s efforts to control the downward spiral of the local currency, which ultimately led to a reduction in the fare.

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Shettima emphasized the importance of religious pilgrimage in transforming the lives of believers and acknowledged the government’s careful selection of administrators to manage the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria. He assured pilgrims that the government is committed to their safety, security, and comfort during the journey.

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The Vice President urged pilgrims to continue praying for the success of the Tinubu administration, peace, and progress of the country. He emphasized that collective prayers and individual contributions are crucial for the prosperity of Nigeria.

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Earlier, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, urged Nigerian pilgrims to exhibit discipline and project a positive image of Nigeria. He thanked the federal government for its efforts in ensuring the success of the 2024 hajj and expressed hope for continued good leadership.

This development highlights the government’s commitment to supporting religious pilgrimages despite economic challenges. However, the subsidy has raised questions about the government’s priorities amidst widespread hardship and the need for effective resource allocation.

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