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If F.g. Stops Subsidy Of Petrol, Why Spend State Funds On "holy Pilgrimage" ?

The federal govt. has come out to say it cannot continue to spend money on subsidy because it is eating deep into revenue and costing the nation too much. Also we were told that salaries of some top govt functionaries would be slashed which is commendable.

Now, if the govt truly wants to be austere in these hard times, why do they spend billions on pilgrimage for believers to go to their holy land ? Aren't pilgrims and tourists supposed to source for their own funds if they desire to travel ? How much do the different tiers of govt even spend on pilgrimages in the first place ?

Fellow Nigerians, couldn't these funds from crude oil sale be put to better use here in Nigeria to make our lives better ?

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@jamace just watch the news later on in the year, you'll see ministers, gov'nors, senators, LG chairmen, Directors etc who are perennial pilgrims. If they're not going with their families the families attend on their own; some times private jets are even hired to ferry some of these people.

Why should revenue from the state be used to sponsor a religious exercise ? Nigerians don't seem to know what our constitution is about that's why a few people can hijack this country.

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It is a non fact that millions are wasted to sponsor pilgrims and it do not add to any spiritual or economic value to these pilgrims. We all know that. They all know that. However, it is also a political tool.

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But the fact of the matter is billions are still expended annually on this exercise in Nigeria.

What i'd like to know is if the Finance ministry knows how much all tiers of govt spend on this exercise. Which states spend the most on sending pilgrims vis a vis their revenue base ?

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It is just another avenue for corruption. In certain states, the Secretary of pilgrims board is a big man in state politics.

Onething I am certain, because of the large number of people involve during the annual pilgrimages, it is part of government responsibility to help organise journey for security and general welfare purpose. However, it is not right for government to be directly involved in sponsoring pilgrims. For instance, it is a known fact among Islamic scholars in the north, that whoever is sponsored by government, his worship is not accepted. Because of the fact that, for every single Kobo spend by a government on an individual welfare, then government should spend on others. Otherwise it have to ask the permission of all the citizens before it can do that. Hence, it is against Islamic injunction for state governments to sponsor pilgrims, Most of whom are political thugs.

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hmmm*.*.*.*.*.*. food 4 thought

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Exactly, voodoo festivals take place in Brazil, Togo and the Carribeans but nobody talks of how we'll sponsor Nigerians who are believers in such modes of worship to those places. Why carry resources we don't even have in the first place to pay for some one's religious tourism ? Mean while the economies we pay to send these people to are richer than ours.

I'd really like to know how much is spent on sponsoring pilgrimages annually.

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@poster i agree with you, any muslim or christian that wants to go for pilgrimage should sponsor him/herself after all whatever god you worship he will not punish you if you cant afford to go for pilgrimage,

nigeria is a secular country i dont know why this still goes on!!!

, if we are going to use government funds to send muslims to mecca or christians to jerusalem then we might as well sponsor ogun and sango worshippers to their shrines,

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Religion is the bane of good governance in nigeria

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@sapele guy spot on. Nigeria is a secular state with even the Niger Delta clamouring for more funds. Why take those funds and dash to foreigners in the name of going to see buildings in other people's land ?

How much is really expended annually on pilgrimage ? I'd really like to know

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A very good question to ask in a supposedly secular country. It is alleged these trips are also a front for smuggling and tax evasion.

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