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Saudi Arabia Pushes Cost Of Hajj Services To The Roof

A seventy percent increase in the cost of transportation for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia has pushed the cost of Hajj to the roof in many countries, especially in Africa. But a civil society group, Independent Hajj Reporters, an organization that monitors and reports hajj activities has commended Nigerian States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare boards for their efforts in keeping the cost of hajj within N1.5 million despite the increased in some hajj services in Saudi Arabia. A statement jointly signed by its national coordinator,!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

VP Osinbajo Presides Over FEC Meeting Ahead Of Valedictory Session

Ahead of the valedictory session fixed for Wednesday this week, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Monday presided over the meeting. According to reports the vice president had presided over an extended session of the council’s meeting on May 16. Osinbajo has been presiding over the FEC meetings since President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to Saudi Arabia for the lesser hajj. It is now expected that Buhari will be back in the country on Tuesday.

Buhari’s Aide Defends Ganduje’s N6m Cash Gift To Nigerians Released From S/Arabia Detention

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Relations and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has defended the N6 million cash gift promised to two Nigerians who recently regained their freedom from Saudi Arabia detention over drug trafficking allegation. Zainab Aliyu, who travelled for Lesser Hajj in December, 2018, had been detained by the Saudi Arabian authorities for being in possession of banned substance. The 22-year-old student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, spent five months in detention. !-->!-->!-->!-->…

Buhari To Travel To Saudi Arabia Tomorrow

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday travel to Saudi Arabia. This was contained in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu on Wednesday. According to the statement, the president’s trip follows the request of the Saudi king to perform an Islamic function called Umrah. The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to perform the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in the Kingdom. !-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

Girl Saved From Execution In Saudi Arabia Arrives Nigeria

The Nigerian lady who was detained in Saudi Arabia for allegedly trafficking drugs has returned to the country. Zainab Aliyu returned to Nigeria after spending four months in detention in the Arab country. Recall that Aliyu, a 22-year-old student of the Maitama Sule University in Kano, was arrested at the Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina after tramadol, a banned drug was found in her bag. She had travelled to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj alongside her mother and sister. !-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

Nigerians Hail Release Of Zainab Aliyu, One Other By Saudi Arabia

Following pressures from the Federal Government and outcry from Nigerians, the Saudi Arabian Government on Tuesday released Zainab Aliyu, detained in that country for allegedly being in possession of banned substance. Nigerians have been disturbed by the news that Aliyu, a 22-year-old student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, who travelled for Lesser Hajj in December, 2018 was detained by the Saudi Arabia authorities for allegedly exporting tramadol to Saudi Arabia. However, due to mounting pressures from the Nigerian!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

BREAKING: FG Secures Release Of Nigerians Detained In Saudi Arabia Over Drugs As Senate Wades In

The Nigerian government has secured the release of Zainab Aliyu who is currently in custody of the Saudi Arabian authorities over charges bordering on drug trafficking. This comes as the innocence of Aliyu has been established by the government. According to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aliyu and another Nigerian involved in the case, Ibrahim Abubakar, would be released to the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia by the authorities in the country. Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday held!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

Oil Prices Reach 4-Year High After OPEC Rebuffs Trump

Oil prices jumped more than 2 per cent to a four-year high on Monday after Saudi Arabia and Russia ruled out any immediate increase in production. The refusal by OPEC to raise production negates the call by U.S. President Donald Trump for action to raise global supply. Benchmark Brent crude LCOc1 hit its highest since November 2014 at 80.94 dollars per barrel, up 2.14 dollars or 2.7 per cent, before easing to around 80.75 dollars by 1150 GMT. U.S. light crude CLc1 was 1.25 dollars higher at 72.03 dollars. “This…

Another Nigerian Pilgrim Dies In Saudi Arabia

The Nigerian pilgrimage mission in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday recorded double tragedy following the death of two pilgrims. A pilgrim from Niger had earlier, in the morning, died in an elevator pit after stepping on the platform without knowing it was under repair. NAHCON medical officials said the tragedy was being studied by reviewing a CCTV footage of the incident. Later in the day, the Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board announced the loss of another pilgrim (name withheld), from Lere Local Government Area.…

Don’t Borrow Money For Celebration Of Eid-El Kabir – MURIC Boss

Director, Muslim Rights Concern, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, has urged Muslims in the country to spend within their income rather than borrowing money to celebrate the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir. He gave the advice on Tuesday in a statement in Lagos. Akintola, who is also a lecturer at the Lagos State University, said, “Just like Hajj, the sacrifice of ram is only for those who have the wherewithal; it is not mandatory. “ “What pride is there if we borrow money to slaughter ram but whistle for our dinner for weeks after the…
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