Adamawa Pilgrims stranded in Mecca, call for help

The disappointment that greeted the Adamawa state participants in the 2014 pilgrimage to Mecca appears not to be over as they are stranded in the Holy Land and say they still do not know the date and time of their return to the country.

The pilgrims, over 1000 of them, are in panic mode and say they are stranded in the Holy City after the Hajj ended, with no official of the National Hajj Commission, NAHCO, telling them the next line of action.

Some disenchanted pilgrims said they expected to travel to Medina to perform their farewell rites before returning to Nigeria but had not been told of arrangements to that effect.

One of the pilgrims, Abdur Razaq Halliru, alleged that they were neglected by NAHCO and prevailed on the commission to provide them with information on travel arrangements back to Nigeria.

“It seems to have become a perennial thing for potential Muslim pilgrims to expect the difficulties and problems associated with the organization of the Hajj in Adamawa,” he said.

“After all the hullabaloo that surrounded the initial airlifting from Yola, we thought the officials would have learnt a lot of lessons,” said Mr. Halliru.

Another stranded female pilgrim, who simple identified herself as Hajiya Hauwa’u, explained further that the pilgrimage to Mecca – one of the five pillars of Islam, is of spiritual significance to every Muslim.

“This spiritual obligation should, therefore, not be seen to be taken away from the potential pilgrims, through no fault of theirs. The act of performing the Hajj should be a spiritually joyous occasion for pilgrims, but the reverse has been the case in our state.

“We cannot understand why pilgrims will be made to pay, only to be left unattended to, due to someone’s organisational inefficiency,” she said.

The government owes it us as a duty to intervene now, rather than wait for the situation to get out of hand and get to the Saudi government to evacuate us back to Nigeria,” Ms. Hawwa said.

Another pilgrim, Mukhtar Nasir, said he wanted to return home immediately the Hajj ended. He said he felt homesick and wanted to come home.

When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the state executive secretary of the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Umar Bobboi, he said “we are working assiduously to see that the airlift of the pilgrims commences in earnest”.

Mr. Bobboi said the delay was not from the state officials but with NAHCO which “is yet to release the flight schedule,” he said.

The executive secretary, therefore, appealed for calm as according to him, “no pilgrim will be left stranded, pilgrims should not get worried”.

Pilgrims from Adamawa State had while departing Nigeria held a plane hostage for several hours at the Aminu Kano International Airport as a result of Kabo airline’s delay in airlifting them to Saudi Arabia.


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  • Allahu akbomb

    Products of an indolent and lazy society.. What about paying for your own pilgrimage and run your affairs as u like it. Must the government do everything for you people ? haba…

    • YES.JESUS.IS.GAY

      WHY JONATHAN GOODLICK FLEW WITH HIM 7 AIRCRAFT FILLED UP WITH OVER 700 CHRISTIAN GAYS TO PALESTINE. JUST TO GO AND WORSHIP A FLESH-GOD JESUS CHRIST THE GAY.

      • tuco

        This your name and your ideology, Almighty God will surely judge you.

        • YES.JESUS.IS.GAY

          judge me !!!!!!! why? did Jesus married? NO, did Jesus has father? NO does Christian regard Jesus as GOD? YES who fucked his mother to get him born? SATAN. did Jesus said “GOD IS LOVE” YES How can I love god or god loves me just like a man that loves a man and a woman love a woman, or I remember he want to imply by this assertion that god make love to mary and thereby he became son of his GOD the SATAN.

          • tuco

            Speechless and shocking. Na you sabi.

          • tuco

            So that means your in doubt about the fact that God can only say ‘be’ and it is. What about Prophet Adam if that’s the case. This is what the Quran says again about Prophet Isa (Jesus):
            “(Remember) when the angels said: “O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allah gives you the glad tidings of a word [“Be!” – and he was! i.e. Isa (Jesus) the son of Maryam (Mary)] from Him, his name will be the Messiah Isa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), held in honor in this world and in the Hereafter, and will be one of those who are near to Allah.”Q3:45
            “He will speak to the people in the cradle and in manhood, and he will be one of the righteous.”Q3:46
            “She said: “O my Lord! How shall i have a son when no man has touched me.” He said: “So (it will be) for Allah creates what He wills. When He has decreed something, He says to it only: “Be!” – and it is.” Q3:47
            “And He (Allah) will teach him [Isa (Jesus)] the Book and Al-Hikmah (i.e. the sunnah, the faultless speech of the Prophets, wisdom), and the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel).” Q3:48
            “And will make him [Isa (Jesus)] a Messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, a figure like that of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah’s leave; and I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to life by Allah’s Leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely, in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.” Q3:49
            “And I have come confirming that which was before me of the Taurat (Torah), and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden to you, and I have come to you with a proof from your Lord. So fear Allah and obey me.” Q3:50
            “Truly! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him (Alone). This is a Straight Path.” Q3:51

          • YES.JESUS.IS.GAY

            THIS IS ANNABI ISA, OR PROPHET ISA. NOT THE FLESH-GOD OR SON OF GOD OR THE SAVIOUR OR BLA BLA BLA BLA THINGS YOU HEAR NIGERIAN CHRISTIANS SAYS ABOUT JESUS THE LORD. I DONT THINK ANY CHRISTIAN BELIEVE IN QURAN NO NEED FOR YOU TO COPY SOMETHING THAT YOUR SELF NOT BELIEVING TO MAKE IT A PROOF FOR YOUR SELFISHNESS. IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE QURAN THEN DONT WORSHIP JESUS AGAIN AND DONT CALL HIM LORD OR GOD AND DONT WORSHIP HIM. PERIOD.

          • tuco

            Any muslim that calls himself a muslim must believe in the holy Quran, and also believe that Jesus is the son of Maryam (Mary) and NOT son of God. Therefore no muslim worship Jesus or call him Lord or God, or worship him as you alleged. In Islam Jesus is only a Prophet as other Prophets, a servant and a Messenger of Almighty God. So stop twisting issues here. Again whether anyone believes in the Quran or not, as far as I’m concerned this is what the Quran said, and i can’t say something i don’t believe in.

          • YES.JESUS.IS.GAY

            “i can’t say something i don’t believe in.” TRANSLATION I AM AMUSLIM THAT IS IT.

    • tuco

      Mr man i hope you know what that your name really mean. I know in your ignorant way you may think your trying to offend people and Muslims in particular, for your information, when you say ‘Allahu akbomb’ your only saying ‘God is Bomb’. Does this make sense to you? your only offending Almighty God and so is between you and your God. Besides the Quran says: “Verily, those who annoy Allah and His Messenger S.A.W Allah had cursed them in this world, and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating torment.” Q33:57.

  • omo56

    Are we being told that these pilgrims were not given a two way ticket?

  • adnoy

    Why shld government in the first place be sponsoring pilgrims. Religion is personal. The money should be channeled into what will be benefit all.

    • tuco

      Sorry dude, its a pity coz the Muslims were told to go to hajj and perform pilgrimage, whereas the christians were never told in any of the doctored versions of the bible, to either go to Israel or go to church on Sunday. So your free to challenge the govt
      afterall we have freedom of information and expression, carry on with your campaign and lets see where it can lead you.