Stranded Pilgrims: Hajj commission denies leaving pilgrims stranded

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, on Monday denied that some Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, particularly the ones from Adamawa state were stranded amid calls for a review of return flight schedule of Nigerian pilgrims.

Some pilgrims from Adamawa state, in panic mode, expressed worry as they were unaware of the schedule of their departure from Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

But the spokesperson of the commission, Uba Mana, denied that Adamawa Pilgrims were abandoned. He said “the first batch of Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s hajj has since arrived Nigeria.  As I am talking to you now, Adamawa pilgrims have only spent two weeks”.

He said the principle of first to come first to go would be applied for all the pilgrims irrespective of status.

“You will go as you come, to where you were picked from, irrespective of status. We will be fair to all our pilgrims,” he said.

Mr. Mana said the pilgrims from Lagos and Jigawa States have returned to Nigeria following the completion of Hajj rites on Friday and emphasized that no pilgrim will be left stranded in the holy land.

He said proper arrangements had been made with the concerned airlines, while there is also a stand-by arrangement in case of failure by the contracted airlines.

Mr. Maina said that the Directorate of Pilgrims Affairs, DPA, of the Technical Committee on Hajj did its best in obtaining visas, passports and accommodation for the pilgrims.

Do better

Also reacting on the delay being experienced by the Nigerian pilgrims after completion of Hajj rites, a renowned Islamic Scholar, Nasir AbdulMuhyi Jos, said pilgrims are subjected to unnecessary difficulties.

He, therefore, called on NAHCO to review its return flight schedule to ease the difficulties. “Even his eminence, the Sultan had once suggested that the usual 40 days stay being observed by Nigerian pilgrims should be reviewed,” Mr. AbdulMuhyi said.

“The failure to commence return airlift three days after Hajj, is most unfortunate; that is why all the stakeholders have to come together to form a common front to address the problem once and for all,” he suggested,” Mr. AbdulMuhyi said.

He suggested that the way to solve the problem of Nigerian pilgrims was to engage established airlines, like the Saudi Airline, so that the Nigerian government would not need to intervene.

Mr. AbdulMuhyi commended Nigerian pilgrims for behaving appropriately at this year’s Hajj, and called for clear-cut policies that will sanitise Hajj operations in Nigeria.

The scholar appealed to the government to properly look into the Hajj exercise with a view to addressing some of precarious situations that hamper smooth Hajj operations in the country.


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  • Is Nigeria a Theocracy?

    Government should Not be supporting religious pilgrimage; that’s the responsibility of the pilgrims

    and the religious groups.

    In Nigeria, there seems to be no understanding of SEPARATION between RELIGION and STATE.

    Religious leaders and the State continually mix the two together.

    The Qur’an and Hadith commands the mixing of the two, and the State must be subservient to SHARIA.

    However, the New Testament says EKKLESIA: called-out ones, SEPARATE from the world system.

    John 18 … Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight

    so that I should not be delivered TO [CRUCIFIXION and Resurrection], but now My kingdom is not from here.”

    Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born,
    and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should BEAR WITNESS TO THE TRUTH.

    Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” …

    • Otile

      I guess President Jonathan is paying money for holy hajj to compensate Muslims for their position he is occupying.

  • Bigzy

    Nigeria must stop wasting money on all those who seek the golden flees in a pilgrimage. They should and must finance their own indulgience. If I wish to embark on a religious quest, it would definitely be personally financed.

  • Otile

    They were not abandoned. They stayed back to inquire about asylum in the holy land. I am glad it’s their fellow Muslims that are driving them out of town.

  • Buhari is an Islamist

    Blame GEJ for this too?

  • omo56

    Hard to believe that any one would travel abroad without a return ticket

  • Romberg

    From what I heard, FFK was not even at the event! He didn’t hear what Kwankwanso said. His article was based on rumours.

  • Datti

    Yesterday, the Igbo nation was his enemy, from calling them names to disparaging them by talking about Bianca Ojukwu in manner devoid of common sense. This Femi Fani-Weed is schizophrenic – mad! He has no insight, his thought process is convoluted and that makes him to speak before thinking. GEJ was partly responsible for his down fall when he saddled this lunatic with the responsibility of his campaigns. Ndigbo had better be careful, this omo ale is not your friend.

  • Lenz

    PDP is full of lunatics like FFK… What of Olisah Metuh, Doyin Okupe, Godswill Akpabio and Co? People who will say anything if the audience and the price is right. These were GEJs standard bearers, hence his monumental defeat last March.

  • The Truth

    The fulani elites and acolytes may take the reply of Fani Kayode as the ranting of a lunatic, that is their own cup of tea. But let them not be mistaken that Yorubas will continue to accept or condone the killing and raping of their people or the destruction of farm lands and crops as presently being done by some rascals from their kiths and kins. Take note that when their cup is full, it shall be shown no particular ngroup has the monopoly of violence.

  • Dele Awogbeoba

    First of all, Kano is an Hausa city not a Fulani city. It was ruled by a person a Fulani heritage in the person of Kwankwaso!!

  • Egbu Yugo

    Another person who sees FFK for who he’s; an opportunistic pest

  • Muktar Ibrahim

    FFK, as we all know is very unstable and very irrational.. He is not principled.

  • JUNAIDU bdulkadir

    Good one! Kudos to you Comrade!