Kind-hearted Imam, NAF corporal get FG sponsorship to hajj
Death Toll Of Nigerian Pilgrims Rises To Eight
For their kindness, the Federal Government has rewarded two citizens with an all-expense paid trip to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage.
They are Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, who saved over 200 Christians during an attack from suspected herdsmen in Plateau State, and a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Corporal, Bashir Umar, who returned the €37,000 (about N15 million) he found at Kano Hajj Camp to its owner.
Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Muhammad, disclosed this at a pre-Arafat press conference yesterday in Makkah.
Abubakar was nominated to serve in the national Ulama team for the 2019 Hajj, while Umar was included in the national security team.
Muhammad said the Imam was “directly nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari to serve in the national Ulama team.”
The NAHCON boss commended the cleric for his courage, saying he did what was expected of every true Muslim.
Similarly, he said the commission included the corporal in the hajj team to appreciate and encourage him to continue in the path of honesty.
Meanwhile, the number of Nigerian pilgrims who have died at the hajj exercise has risen from five to eight, NAHCON stated.
Head of the commission’s medical team, Ibrahim Kana, disclosed this to journalists yesterday during a presentation of the hajj medical data at pre-Arafat meeting.
Without revealing the identity of the dead, Kana said most of them died from shock and heart-related diseases.
According to him, the commission is yet to record any case of miscarriage and severe disease outbreak due to intensive collaboration and partnership.
On his part, Muhammad appealed to the media to always exercise restraint in reporting issues that had to with death of a pilgrim, by following procedures in the release of such information to the public.
He admonished tour operators to ensure that pilgrims under their supervision got value for their money, warning that the commission would not take any complaint from pilgrims on services not rendered lightly.
Commending the Saudi authorities for lending extra support to the Nigerian pilgrims by installing air conditioners in their makeshift tents at Mina and constructing a separate road that would ease movement of the pilgrims, he urged the pilgrims to reciprocate such gesture by respecting the laws of their host country.
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