Hajj 2017: Saudi uncovers accommodation racket in Nigeria’s camp

  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has uncovered the accommodation racket in the Nigeria’s camp through, which pilgrims from Africa’s biggest economy are being swindled. The scam was uncovered through introduction of e-Track system by Saudi Authorities, which has exposed the shady deals of some of the middle men in swindling hapless Nigeria pilgrims and some state governments. This development, which had angered some beneficiaries of the scam, has also, checks by New Telegraph showed, led to a plot by some middlemen to scuttle the smooth operations of Hajj rites…

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Religious violence: Preachers cautioned on hate speech

  An Islamic scholar, Sheikh Al-Imam Jamiu Anofyy Aratumi, has cautioned preachers on hateful speech, which causes religious violence. Aratumi who stated this at the commissioning of a Mosque in Iba area of Lagos State, maintained that what Allah requires from all preachers is to portray Islam as a religion of peace. The Mosque, according to its founder, was built based on the commandment of Allah that His people should serve and worship Him in mosque. He that it is imperative for all Islamic leaders to show people the way…

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Hajj 2017: 21 Lagos, Kwara pilgrims fail pregnancy test

  Twenty-one prospective pilgrims from Lagos and Kwara states have failed pregnancy test as 6, 047 pilgrims will be airlifted from the Lagos zone comprising of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Edo states as well as the Armed Forces today. The affected pilgrims, checks by New Telegraph showed, were detected in the rigorous and comprehensive medical text conducted by the state governments’ pilgrims board to meet up with the standards set by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While 18 of the affected pilgrims were detected in Lagos, the remaining three are…

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Islamisation claim is a lie from political jobbers – Don

  The claim of a grand plan to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state is a lie and empty alarm from political jobbers, a Don, Abdul Afis Oladosu has said. Oladosu who stated this in a paper, maintained that the pain in the claim was and has “always been its consistency, its politics. This lie is being told on a daily basis.” According to him, if indeed “there is something very hard to make sense of in our reality these days, it is the nonsense that constantly assails our sensibilities…

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Hajj 2017: Nigeria begins pilgrims’ airlift to Mecca Sunday

60,000 pilgrims complete fare payment     The airlifting of Nigeria pilgrims to the holy lands of Mecca and Medinah for this year’s Hajj operations has been scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 30, 2017. The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), declared this, just as over 60, 000 pilgrims from the country have completed payments of their fares. “Airlift of Nigerian pilgrims begins July 30,” the commission said on its website, adding that it had secured visas for about 60,000 intending pilgrims that have so far completed their payments…

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Private Hajj operator tasks pilgrims on rites’ completion

  Nigeria Private Tour Operator, Al-Hujjaj International Umrah & Hajj Services Limited has admonished intending Nigerian pilgrims to ensure that they complete all necessary rites required during hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Al-Hujaj International Travels and Tours, Alhaji Jelili Animashaun Animashaun, who said this at a media parley in Lagos, maintained that the completion of necessary hajj rites is the most rewarding from Allah who has mandated able-bodied Muslims who have the means of doing so. “Every pilgrim who strives to meet…

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Hajj: 45,000 intending pilgrims yet to complete fare payment

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As Saudi mulls August 31 for Arafat day     Adeola Yusuf About 45,000 intending pilgrims from Nigeria are yet to complete payment of N1.5 million each as their fares, less than 43 days to the August 31, tipped as Arafat Day in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, New Telegraph has learnt. These prospective pilgrims to the holy land are some of the 95,000 pilgrims who have signified interest for this year Hajj rite. The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), an agency at the Presidency, which confirmed this figure,…

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Why we rejected Islamisation propaganda –MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has given further reasons for its rejection of allegation of Islamisation of Nigeria made by the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF), describing it as false, baseless, deceptive, malicious, provocative and diversionary tactics. Some retired military generals and Christian elders under the aegis of the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) had last Thursday declared in Abuja that Nigeria was being Islamised. The retired generals included Theophilus Danjuma, Joshua Dogonyaro and Zamani Lekwot while Solomon Asemota, Moses Ihonde, Shyngle Wigwe and Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife were among the…

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Badoo scare rocks MSSN, forces group to cancel training camp

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit has ordered its branches in Ikorodu to cancel its planned holiday Training camp in the area over activities of Badoo cultists. The HTC camp, themed, ‘The inheritors’, was scheduled to hold this July across the 44 area councils in Lagos State to train students on different skills. The Amir of MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, who gave the order during the organisation’s Executive Council meeting at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijaniki, maintained that cancellation order came…

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Protest as Saudi corners airlift of 42700 Nigeria pilgrims

Adeola Yusuf A protest is brewing as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia secured right to airlift 42,750 Nigerian pilgrims for this year’s Hajj rites. In the new arrangement, which sidelines some of the Nigerians’ aircarriers, FlyNas, a Saudi carrier secured airlift of Ogun and Armed Forces pilgrims for 2017 Hajj operations. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Nigeria and Saudi showed that the quota system is being implemented in phases beginning with 25 per cent in 2015, 35 per cent in 2016, 45 per cent in 2017 and ultimately 50 per…

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