Hajj Commission pledges to reward President Buhari’s driver

Hajj pilgrims
Hajj pilgrims

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, on Tuesday in Abuja promised to reward President Muhammadu Buhari’s driver, Saidu Afaka, who returned lost items during the 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

The Executive Chairman, NAHCON, Abdullahi Muhammad, made the disclosure while presenting the lost items to Shehu Barwa, Executive Secretary, Niger Pilgrims Welfare Board for onward conveyance to the owner.

Mr. Muhammad said Mr. Afaka found and returned to the commission a bag containing $400, N60,370 and 149 Saudi Riyals and a cell phone belonging to Adamu Umar, a Niger State pilgrim.

According to him, in 2016, a pilgrim from Kaduna State, Mr. Afaka, found a wallet or purse and he brought it to our office in Makkah.

“And I directed the Audit Department to keep and trace the owner, and from our records it showed that the owner is Umar Adamu, a pilgrim with passport Number A07432103 from Niger.

“It is my pleasure to handover the content of this lost and found item to the Executive Secretary, Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Board for onward conveyance to the owner,” Mr. Muhammad said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Afaka, who hails from Kaduna State, is a staff sergeant in the Nigeria Army and a senior driver to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Chairman said the commission would honour him with a slot to travel for the 2017 hajj.

“The commission will reward the pilgrim, who is a true Nigeria accordingly, and we will make sure he also join us in performing the 2017 hajj,” he said.

The NAHCON boss, who commended Mr. Afaka, urged other faithful to emulate his sincerity and faithfulness which he described as a mark of a true Muslim.


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  • Julius

    I wonder if anybody ever ask where did the owner came about that sum of money .

    • So oju abe niko

      I bet you didn’t read that well – that was only $400, and N60,370, and 149 Saudi Riyals. Everything altogether is less than $800.

      • Julius

        I bet you are correct !. I stand corrected.

  • So oju abe niko

    If we have to make such a huge deal over the fact that one pilgrim found some belonging of another pilgrim during Hajj, Nigerian muslim ummah has a great moral problem. Returning lost items should be as normal as breathing during pilgrimage, and it is too. Most pilgrims are operating at the peak of their faith during Hajj, and most would not dare steal from another pilgrim – finding and keeping a lost item that can be traced to its owner is nothing but stealing.

    This fellow already got a free Hajj from our commonwealth, and does not deserve to go on another free Hajj just because he acted as every Muslim should by returning a lost item. It is very disappointing that this simple and routine gesture is news.

    • Otile

      How about awon Muslima who commit copious adultery while observing holy hajj, do the ummah therefore reward the few women who do not commit it there?

    • A Aminu

      I honestly agree with u. This should be a normal act that does not call for celebration if not the fall in standard of our society especially the Muslim umrah that has degenerated so low. The National Chairman of the Pilgrim Commission is being political with his action. How many nigerians were equally honest during this year pilgrimage that were not recognised, for him to single out a driver of President Buhari. Does he think this corrupt and self serving act, will impress buhari to renew or retain him as National Chairman Of the commission? The PDP administration of 2015 that quickly nominated him, did not make buhari change him. He should known that Allah in his mercy kept him there and not his eye service and sharpness.

  • Africa

    He works with a very honest man!

  • rhad

    Please give me hajj! I want to go this year