Nigeria hajj reporters body warn of fake hajj fare in circulation
The Independent Hajj Reporters, (IHR), a civil society organization, that monitors and reports about hajj activities in Nigeria has raised the alarm over a fake 2019 hajj fare package being circulated in the social media.
The National Coordinator of IHR, Ibrahim Mohammed, said in a statement on Wednesday that its social media surveillance team has brought to its notice a fake 2019 hajj fare package.
According to the statement, the post which is being shared alleged that the 2019 hajj fare is N1.8 million while others are posting a 6 item hajj fare template as opposed to the 23 items in the original hajj fare templates often in use.
The statement said as journalists and an organisation that has been reporting hajj/umrah activities, it called on members of the public to be wary of fake news and instead visit the website of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) or hajj reporters social media handles for any announcement on the 2019 hajj fare.
“This year’s hajj fare has not been announced and we are yet to understand where the authors of N1.8 million hajj fare got their news from,” the statement said.
It also quoted a verse in the Holy Quran which frowns against spreading fake news and its consequences.
It recalled that in 2017, an anonymous post went viral on social media bordering on the hajj fares announced by NAHCON with the authors insinuating foul-play.
The Commission explained and put the matter to rest. However, the same posts surfaced in 2018 and again, clarifications were made by the commission.
To reinforce the fact that it was a case of fake news, it should be noted that the 2019 hajj packages are yet to be announced and 2018 hajj fare is less than 1.5million.