…Says Hajj Row issue will be resolved soon.
As Nigeria celebrates her 52nd independence anniversary, the National Missioner of Ansar-Ud- Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh AbdulRahaman Ahmad has called on leaders to reduce the cost of governance. Sheikh Ahmad, who spoke at a special prayer session held in Lagos state secretariat Mosque in commemoration of Nigeria’s 52nd independence said all challenges confronting the nation would be overcome if Nigerian leaders reduce the cost of governance since the huge cost of governance has not yielded any positive result.
He said: “The cost of governance is too exorbitant and unjustifiable, after all it is not giving us good governance. Let us do something that will free our resources. Let’s rationalise the cost of governance, it is too high.
This is not acceptable at all and there must be a review.” He charged Nigerians to be positive about the country and believe in the Nigerian project, saying it does anyone no good to keep condemning the leaders.
“We are all in it together and we have to salvage this country together. As people, we are going through one of the most turbulent periods in our history. Of course it is characteristic of countries that have attained greatness.
This a trial for us as people and country.”
On the imminent diplomatic row between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia over continuous deportation of intending Nigerian pilgrims, the renowned cleric said that the lingering diplomatic row will be resolved soon. He described the row as routine, adding that contrary to the speculation that the issue will degenerate into diplomatic brawl between the two nations, the matter would soon be amicably resolved.
He added:” I think the issue is routine and I believe it’s going to be resolved. In all fairness, there has been a requirement of the Saudi Authorities for the people intending to perform Hajj or Umrah that a woman must be accompanied. It’s been there maybe there was mix up somewhere and I believe it’s going to be resolved”