Abuja - Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar, the Executive Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), on Monday urged the media to be be fair in the coverage of the 2015 pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
Mukhtar made the call at the inauguration of the 2015 Hajj media team in Abuja.
Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, which every able Muslim is enjoined to perform once in life time.
The chairman also urged the media to assist the commission in educating the intending pilgrims to enable them perform the exercise in accordance with the provision of the religion.
"The media should help us in guiding the pilgrims on what they are expected to do during the exercise.
"It should also help the commission in disseminating information that will enhance our operation at home and in Saudi Arabia."
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Mukhtar said the government of Saudi Arabia had given approval for the accreditation of a sizeable number of journalists from Nigeria and appealed for understanding for the success of the exercise.
"Our doors will be opened to the media to balance their stories. We urged you to verify any issues affecting the conduct of the exercise with us before going to press.
"You should report the pilgrimage with fear of God. You should fairly inform Nigerians how the intending pilgrims are faring at the Holy Land."
In his speech, the leader of the team, Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi, assured the commission that members of the media would give fair and quality coverage of the pilgrimage.
"We will not fail the commission and Nigerian government. We will report issue that will spiritually empower the intending pilgrims.
"We will also report issues that will strengthen relationship between Nigeria and the government of Saudi Arabia."
The airlift of the intending pilgrims would commence on August 18.