The Saudi Government has apologised to two Nigerian pilgrims who were maltreated by security personnel at the Madina Airport. The Deputy Governor of Madina region, Sheikh Mohammad Albijawi who tendered the apology during a visit to the victims in their hotel assured that the security officials will be sanctioned for the maltreatment.
He further urged Nigerian pilgrims to be of good conduct and perform the annual spiritual pilgrimage based on the religious guidelines and instructions. He further disclosed that the Saudi authorities have put facilities in place to ensure a hitch free Hajj this year.
The Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Umaru Salisu Zainabu also commended the Saudi Arabia authorities for a swift response to the incident. Responding, the tortured pilgrims Audu Damina Muhammad and Ibrahim Nani Godi from Nasarawa State expressed their gratitude to the Saudi authorities and the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) for responding to their plight promptly.
The Chairman/CEO, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Malam Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad had recently announced that 79,000 intending Pilgrims were going to perform this year’s Hajj. This he revealed comprised 60,000 under state government quota and 19,000 under private tour operators.
The first airlift from Nigeria took off from the Abuja International Airport on July 30, 2017 and would be concluded by August 26, 2017 when the Jeddah International Airport will be closed. The return of Nigerian pilgrims, PRNigeria gathered will commence on September 6 and the last flight will be on October 8.