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Hajj:  Kaduna completes  airlift of 3,544 pilgrims back home



The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, said it has transported all its 3,544 pilgrims back home from Saudi Arabia.

A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Board, Malam Yunusa Abdullahi, stated that last batch of 390 pilgrims arrived Kaduna, at exactly 1:01am aboard Fly Nas Airline, on Saturday.

“The return of the last batch of our pilgrims today signifies the end of the airlift from Saudi Arabia,” Abdullahi stated.

He said that the Director General, Bureau of Interfaith, Sheikh Jamilu Albani, Overseer of the board, Imam Hussaini Ikara, and other officials, were among those who returned on board the last flight.

“Two airlines, Med-View and Fly Nas, transported Kaduna state pilgrims this year.

“During the return journey, Max air transported 2,710 pilgrims, while Fly Nas transported 834.”

According to him, 3,545 pilgrims performed hajj from Kaduna state out of which one died in Makkah.


Edited by Olabisi Akinbode/Maharazu Ahmed


Ondo governor’s wife criticises spate of single parenting in Nigeria




Akure, Nov. 16, 2019The Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has decried the rate at which many Nigerian men abandon the responsibility of training children to their wives alone.

Mrs Akeredolu said this on Saturday while declaring open the 2019 Family Conference organised by the Blissful Home Initiative in Ijapo Estate Akure.

She lamented the increasing number of single-parenting in Nigeria, saying mothers were over-burdened with the task of raising children alone.

According to her, many men are absentee fathers which is the reason we live in an imbalanced and unprosperous society due to the absence of healthy families.

She emphasised the need for a progressive society where there was mutual respect and genuine love in the family noting that for a man to respect and value his wife did not mean he was weak.

“l always leverage on my position as the First Lady to promote a healthy family where both parents are actively involved in the care and development of their kids.

“As one of our activities in this regard, we included a family game that requires the participation of the father, mother and their toddler in the 2nd FOWOSO Summit scheduled to hold on the Dec. 4, and Dec. 5,” She said.

Mrs Akeredolu knoted  that the family game known as Crawlers’ competition was aimed at strengthening the bond between both parents and their kids.

”In preparation for the event, my team went to all the local governments in Ondo State to select families that will participate in the crawlers’ race.

“Their visit to the local governments has really shown that most men are unconcerned in the care and development of their children,” She said.

She expressed hope that the competition would expose the dysfunctional and lack of love and affection within families.

The governor’s wife, therefore, described the theme of the conference, ‘Conjugal Bliss: A Panacea for Peaceful Societal Peace’ as instructive.

She urged men to “man-up” and show true love to their wives to jointly care for the children.

She commended the Convener of the conference, the Chairman of the State Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. John Ayo-Oladapo, and his wife, Esther, for promoting good family values through the programme for the past nine years.

Rev. Ayo-Oladapo appreciated Mrs Akeredolu for her motherly support for family issues in Ondo state while affirming that enhancement of family life values remained part of her vision since she became the first lady of the state.

Edited by Donald Ugwu

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Bauchi Muslim Pilgrims Board announces N1.5m deposit for 2020 Hajj



Bauchi State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board on Thursday announced a deposit of N1.5 million for 2020 Hajj.

Alhaji Isa Babayo-Tilde, Special Adviser on Pilgrims Affairs to Gov. Bala Muhammed of the state, announced this in Bauchi at the commencement of preparations for 2020 Hajj.

Babayo-Tilde further announced that intending pilgrims were expected to pay the deposit in three instalments before the end of January 2020.

He also announced that registration of intending pilgrims would commence on Friday,Nov. 15, in all headquarters of the 20 Local Government Areas in the state.

Babayo-Tilde urged all interested intending pilgrims to register at the  centres.

He revealed that the board had acquired five hectares of land close to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi, for the construction of a befitting Hajj Camp.

The special adviser assured that the camp, to be equipped with modern facilities, would be completed before the end of 2019.

He commended officials of the board over success recorded during the 2019 operations, and urged them to sustain the tempo in 2020.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Alkassim Shall, had earlier announced that 2,010 seats had been allocated to the state for the pilgrimage next year as against the 3,090 seats in 2019.

He recalled that the board recorded death of four persons out of the 1,987 pilgrims that performed 2019 Hajj.

Shall also recalled that some intending pilgrims, which figure was not given,  died before the commencement of the operations.

He stated that in spite of hitches experienced during 2019 Hajj, the exercise recorded success, and that the board had received commendations from some organisations.

Shall warned intending pilgrims against last minute rush for the payment fares as experienced this year.

He said such last minute rush had made it cumbersome to officials of the board in obtaining Visas  and other documents for the pilgrims.

The Secretsry warned officials of the board against unwholesome practices that might thwart the success of the operations.

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Eid-el-Maulud: MURIC urges youth to embrace FG’s SIP



Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the Director, Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), on Monday urged Nigerians to embrace the Federal Government’s empowerment programmes in order to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

Akintola made this appeal in a statement made available to newsmen in commemoration of the 2019 Eid-el-Maulud in Abuja.

He advised youths to take advantage of the Federal Government’s Social investment Programme (SIP), especially the youths empowerment programmes, instead of engaging themselves in dangerous journey abroad in search of greener pastures.

“Instead of running round in circles looking for white-collar jobs or embarking on suicidal trips across the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, we urge Nigerians to embrace government’s empowerment programmes.

“The advanced facilities, which Nigerians crave in Europe and America were not produced by an indolent citizenry or a cynical labour force. They are products of dogged industry.

“Sitting down idly and waiting for manna to fall from heaven via endless visitations to miracle centres and Asalatu grounds will not bring the change we need,” the MURIC director said.

He urged Nigerians to embrace programmes initiated by the Federal Government instead of endless search for white-collar jobs, thereby remaining jobless and idle.

“Prophet Muhammad whom we are celebrating today hated laziness with a passion.

“He toiled relentlessly as a youth, and worked harder even after marriage because he condemned begging and encouraged hardwork.

“This is why Nigerian Muslims in particular and other citizens have no business begging around or remaining idle when the opportunities offered by the Federal Government are there,” he said.

Akintola congratulated Muslim Faithful on the Maulud celebrations, and urged them to imbibe the good virtues of Prophet Muhammad who preached peace, tolerance and forgiveness during his lifetime.

“We urge Nigerians to emulate Prophet Muhammad’s philosophy of the dignity of labour. In view of the government’s aggressive economic empowerment for citizens and investment partnership with foreign countries.

“We, therefore, invite Nigerians from all strata of society to avail themselves of the opportunities, because this is the only way to turn the country to a nation of producers after being a consumer nation for so long,” the MURIC director stressed.

Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Felix Ajide

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Obaseki felicitates with Muslims on Eid-el-Maulud



Obaseki felicitates with Muslims on Eid-El-Maulud

By Nefishetu Yakubu
Benin, Nov.11, 2019 Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Monday urged Muslims in the state to emulate the good morals and teachings of tolerance of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).

In a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Benin, Obaseki urged Muslim faithful to continue to show love and good neighbourliness espoused in Islam as they celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).

He urged them to commit themselves to the teachings of the prophet not just as a matter of religious obligation but a means to promote peaceful living in a multicultural society.

“I felicitate with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Edo State and across Nigeria on this day set aside to celebrate the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).”

“This occasion, once again, reminds us all of the virtues of the Prophet, which we should emulate in advancing love, peace and progress of the state and country.

“Muslims constitute a major force for peace and progress wherever they may be, and we are glad that our Muslim brothers and sisters have been an integral part of our march to development in the state,” he said.

Obaseki encouraged Muslims to continue to eschew acts and behaviours that undermine the unity and progress of the society.

The governor, however, expressed appreciation to Muslims for supporting his administration’s policies and programmes aimed at building a total and sound society in Edo.

Edited by Felix Ajide

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2020 Hajj: Kwara Pilgrims Board to disqualify intending Pilgrims with ill health— Official



The Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board says intending pilgrims without clean certificate of health will be disqualified from performing the 2020 pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Alhaji Mohammed Tunde-Jimoh, the Executive Secretary of the Board, stated this in llorin on Monday, shortly after a meeting with Hajj coordinators from the 16 local government areas of the state.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting, which was also attended by Hajj registration officers across the state, was aimed at reappraising Hajj activities in 2019 and preparation for the 2020 Hajj operation.

The Executive Secretary said the disqualification of intending Pilgrims without clean certificates of  health was to save them from the rigours during the Hajj rites that could worsen their conditions or lead to death.

He advised individuals, groups or organisations intending to sponsor pilgrims to the 2020 Hajj to be sure of their health status in the interest of the beneficiaries.

“The Board will not process traveling document of any intending Pilgrims to 2020 Hajj exercise found not to be medically fit or confirmed to be afflicted with one ailment or the other,” he said.

Tunde-Jimoh explained that the development followed the decision of the Saudi Arabia authority to no longer be responsible for the care of sick pilgrims brought into their country.

He advised aged persons among the intending Pilgrims to make arrangements for a relation to accompany them and to care for them while in the holy land.

Tunde-Jimoh also appealed to Hajj coordinators and registration officers in the local councils to be honest with their clients and allow the fear of God to guide their dealings with the intending pilgrims.

Edited by Remi Koleoso/Bayo Sekoni

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Bauchi govt. to construct permanent Hajj camp



The Bauchi State government has pledged to commence the construction of a modern permanent Hajj camp in the state.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the camp is to be sited close to Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport in Bauchi.

Malam Isa Tilde, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Pilgrims Affairs, was quoted to have said this in a statement issued on Sunday by Mr Muhammad Yunusa, the Information Officer, Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (BSMPWB).

The statement said that the project would provide a conducive atmosphere for the intending pilgrims and officials during hajj operations in the state.

According to the statement, Tilde also said that the project was part of the Gov. Bala Muhammed-led administration’s plan to take the state to the next level.

“I’m very optimistic that the camp, which is close to Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, will provide a conducive operating environment to the intending pilgrims and officials.

“This administration is determined to completing the project on time, with a view to accommodating the 2020 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia,” he said.

The special adviser also assured of prompt payment of compensation to the land owners.

Edited by Fatima Sule and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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