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Why the exchange rate is N197 to $1 for Intending Pilgrims – Presidency



Garba Shehu, President Buhari's Spokespman

Garba Shehu, President Buhari’s Spokesman

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity has reacted to the outrage by Nigerians over the forex policy for Nigerians going on pilgrimage.

Some Nigerians were saying that since we are in a flexible forex regime, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) shouldn’t have put a fixed price for intending pilgrims.

The CBN had on Thursday, directed all banks and forex authorised dealers to sell dollars to intending pilgrims at N197 to $1.

Shehu, on his Twitter handle said that the price was approved before the flexible forex regime was introduced, and that it is for both Christian and Muslims going on pilgrimage.

However, what most Nigerians are saying is that the government should not subsidise for religious trips, adding that sectors such as Manufacturing, Education, and Health are the ones that should get forex subsidy.

Photo Credit: Twitter – @GarShehu


  1. nwa nna

    August 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Shehu Garba or whatever you call yourself must think Nigerians are fools… FOH

    • Dami

      August 6, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Shehu Garba a fool. Its ridiculous how Nigerian leaders see red in front of them but will convince you it’s black. This is very discriminatory. Buhari is a divisive president. He’s made his true intention and he needs to be called out on it.

  2. Ethio

    August 6, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    just look at this idiot “the chairman of the hajj commission has confirmed that it is not discriminaory’ what’s he saying mr man GTFO

  3. Engoz

    August 6, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    APC rode on the slogan of CHANGE… change from retrogressive and backward ideas. Apparently APC like the rest of the parties populated by backward thinking anti-progressive men are just here to continue the status-quo. One will think that these noisemakers of change will disband this retrogressive entity and channel it into more rewarding sectors like academia and industry. In fact this silly, silly idea only helps the already rich. How many poor people are even thinking of going to ‘pilgrimage’? If you think that because you subsidize for Christians as well makes it OK, you have a second think coming. This is stupid. As a Christian, it is still stupid, very stupid! And whoever thought of this is more stupid!

  4. artklub

    August 6, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    pay attention to how you have to be muslim to get a fair exchange rate for “hajj”, how many would be business owners as well – who are muslim – and are going to take advantage of the loophole to take care of their businesses that they own for buying goods from abroad. sounds paranoid right?

    • Naijatalk

      August 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Your head is there. They supposedly set a limit of $1000 to how much can be exchanged. In typical Nigerian fashion, every family member plus gateman, driver, maids, goat, cow will get $1000 to change in order to take full advantage. These people are convinced Nigerians are fools.
      I loff my kontri.

  5. nnenne

    August 6, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Separate religion from state.
    Religion is very private.
    Islam and Christianity are not the only religion in Nigeria.
    No religion -based subsidy period! !!
    This is gross mis- management.

  6. Heeba

    August 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Religion is a personal matter ,if you want to go and pray wherever pls feel free to do so on your personal pocket. Government getting involved is total rubbish!! The government should be more involved in subsidy for the economy and business so that Nigeria economy does not resemble that of Venezuela. It is wrong on all levels …that is why Nigeria will never move forward. Misplaced priorities. Mshewww

    • Fountain of Paper

      August 6, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      I hope readers of BN will remember this mantra the next time the issue of homosexuality comes up.

      In fact, when any of these topics come up:

      If the basis of why someone else shouldn’t do it, is based on YOUR personal religious beliefs, then try and remember religion is a personal matter.


  7. miss

    August 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Not being biased. I am yet to see government sponsore Christian pilgrimage trips, most Christians go on their own coz they believe it’s a personal trip between them and God and whatever expenses they incurre is a sacrifice or a seed. Pls they should not include Christians. We have a lot things to spend money on. It’s just pure madness.

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