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Ex-Perm Sec dies performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia

Ex-Perm Sec dies performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia It was shock as a former permanent secretary in Bauchi State, Ado Santuraki Pali, died while performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Pali’s demise was disclosed in a media statement by the Information Officer, Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mohammed Yunusa. The deceased who hailed from Pali district in Alkaleri Local...... more

Hajj: Pilgrims’ security a top priority, says Minister

Hajj: Pilgrims’ security a top priority, says Minister  The Saudi Ministry of Defence puts the security of pilgrims at the top of its priority to ease the performance of Hajj rites in Mina, Arafat, the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madina. The Saudi Minister of Media, Mr Turki Al-Shabana, stated this at a farewell dinner organised on Wednesday...... more

Indonesian Ambassador celebrates Eid Adha in Fulani village •Slaughters cow, distributes food items

Indonesian Ambassador celebrates Eid Adha in Fulani village •Slaughters cow, distributes food items Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, AVM (Rtd) Dr. H. Usra Hendra Harahap, and his spouse, Ibu Hj. Umrotien Zunaeny Harahap, celebrated Eid Adha in Rugga Fulani village, Lower Usman Dam in the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The Ambassador, who was also accompanied by the entire embassy staff, said...... more

Hajj: Saudi to receive prototype of new Mina by 2020 — Makkah Gov

Hajj: Saudi to receive prototype of new Mina by 2020 — Makkah Gov The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to have the prototype of a new Mina in 2020, Khalid Bin Faisal All Saud, Governor of Makkah, has said. He made the disclosure at a press conference on Tuesday in Mina, Saudi Arabia. While responding to questions by journalists on likely increase in quota...... more

Hajj: Nigeria loses 9 pilgrims

Hajj: Nigeria loses 9 pilgrims The number of Nigerian pilgrims that died while performing the 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia has risen to nine, the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Dr. Ibrahim Kana, has announced. Kana made the announcement in Muna while briefing journalists on activities of the medical team of NAHCON for the...... more

Gowon leads national prayer rally for Nigeria

Gowon leads national prayer rally for Nigeria  Former Military Head of State as well as the Convener and Chairman of “Nigeria Prays,” Gen. Yakubu Gowon, on Sunday, led other Christian leaders to Osogbo, in Osun State, for a day’s national prayer rally for the country. The prayer rally was held at the All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Osogbo. It...... more

Okowa to Christians: Win souls for Christ through your actions

Okowa to Christians: Win souls for Christ through your actions Delta Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged Christians to win souls for Christ through their actions. He made the call on Sunday (August 11, 2019) while speaking at the second Mega Convention cum Dedication of a seven-floor Prayer Tower at Church of God Mission International, Benin City, Edo. Okowa said:...... more

Eid: AbdulRazaq says Kwara’s peace will drive development

Eid: AbdulRazaq says Kwara’s peace will drive development Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has appealed to Kwarans to sustain the tempo of peace existing in the state for overall development. Speaking at the Ilorin praying on Sunday, the governor said the prevailing peace would attract investment and socioeconomic development. AbdulRazaq, who was represented by his Chief of Staff Adisa...... more

2.5m pilgrims pelt ‘devil’ with stones as final Hajj ritual

2.5m pilgrims pelt ‘devil’ with stones as final Hajj ritual Since the dawn of the first day of Eid al-Adha, masses of Hajj pilgrims began the ritual of throwing pebbles at Mina holy site by throwing seven consecutive pebbles at a special stone monument called “Jamrat Al-Aqabah”. The movement of pilgrims was smooth as per the pre-prepared plan, the Saudi Press...... more

Eid-el-Kabir: Okowa felicitates with Muslims, urges prayers for Nigeria

Eid-el-Kabir: Okowa felicitates with Muslims, urges prayers for Nigeria Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has felicitated with Nigerian Muslims as they celebrate Eid-el-Kabir. He urged the Islamic faithful to emulate the Holy Prophet Mohammed by imbibing the ideals of sacrifice exemplified by the prophet. Okowa, in a Sallah message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Sunday in...... more

Remember purpose of Eid-el-Kabir, Senate President Lawan urges Muslim faithful

Remember purpose of Eid-el-Kabir, Senate President Lawan urges Muslim faithful The President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslim faithful, as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir. The Senate President, in a Sallah message released on Saturday by his Media Adviser, Ola Awoniyi, also congratulated all Muslims who have joined their brothers and sisters from...... more

Hajj: Mina now upgraded as a modern city to receive 2 million pilgrims — Saudi Government

Hajj: Mina now upgraded as a modern city to receive 2 million pilgrims — Saudi Government Mina is now a modern city ready to receive over 1.8 million pilgrims for the Hajj, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has said. It disclosed that 350,000 fully air conditioned tents have been provided for pilgrims in Mina. Spokesperson of the Ministry, Mr. Hatin Gabi, assured at a press...... more

Hajj 2019: Saudis deploy medical robots, 50,000 health employees

Hajj 2019: Saudis deploy medical robots, 50,000 health employees  The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has deployed 50,000 male and female health employees and dedicated 25 hospitals equipped with advanced medical facilities for use by the over 1.8 million pilgrims performing this year’s Hajj. Spokesperson of the ministry, Mr. Mohammed, disclosed this while speaking at a...... more

Hajj: Saudi Arabia mounts 5,909 cameras in Mina to monitor pilgrims’ movement

Hajj: Saudi Arabia mounts 5,909 cameras in Mina to monitor pilgrims’ movement Saudi Arabia has mounted 5,909 cameras in Mina and other strategic locations to monitor pilgrims’ movement during the 2019 hajj exercise. Brig. Samiyya Shuwera, spokesperson of Saudi public security, disclosed this on Thursday at a joint press conference addressed with ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Health, Security and Saudi Civil Defence....... more

487 pilgrims stranded in Kano

487 pilgrims stranded in Kano As hajj ritual commences Thursday night, in Saudi Arabia, no fewer than 487 pilgrims are currently stranded at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, in Kano, Nigeria. The development followed the inability of designated airline to airlift them within the time frame set by Saudi Arabian authorities. Angry pilgrims were jolted...... more

Arafat: 350,000 pilgrims to go by train

Arafat: 350,000 pilgrims to go by train Pilgrims currently in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj were informed on Thursday that 350,000 of them will use train to Mina-Arafat-Mustalifah-Jamarat, while 800,000 will use buses. The Security Spokesperson of Saudi Ministry of Interior, Prince Gen. Nasir Turkey, disclosed this while speaking at a joint press conference on the road...... more

Hajj: Saudi deports 300 pilgrims with forged visa

Hajj: Saudi deports 300 pilgrims with forged visa  Saudi authorities have deported 300 pilgrims discovered to have arrived the country with forged visas during the first phase of the 2019 Hajj operations. Director General, Directorate of Passport, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Abdullazeez Al-Yahya, disclosed this at the press conference in Jeddah on Wednesday. He said the pilgrims were deported to their...... more

Hajj: Nigerian pilgrims ready to climb Arafat

Hajj: Nigerian pilgrims ready to climb Arafat Nigerian pilgrims in Makkah said there were ready to begin their last and critical segment of the annual religious rites on Friday in Muna. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent that they were prepared spiritually and psychologically to accomplish acceptable Hajj. They added that they had been enlightened...... more

Hajj 2019: Saudi authorities discover 300 forged visas •Admit 1.8 million pilgrims

Hajj 2019: Saudi authorities discover 300 forged visas •Admit 1.8 million pilgrims Saudi authorities have discovered some 300 forged visas during the first phase of the 2019 Hajj operations. Director General, Directorate of Passport, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Abdullazeez Alyahya, disclosed this at the press conference in Jeddah on Wednesday. He said that a total of 1,838,339 pilgrims were admitted into Saudi Arabia for the...... more

Arafat: Saudi introduces electronic system to stone devil

Arafat: Saudi introduces electronic system to stone devil The Saudi authorities have introduced electronic system into the stoning of the three devils at Muna after Arafat day. This is to monitor movement of pilgrims to ensure orderliness and check stampede in the 2019 pilgrimage. The Representative of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in the Kingdom of Saudi...... more

States Pilgrims Boards ignore FOI request on Hadaya

States Pilgrims Boards ignore FOI request on Hadaya A civil society organisation that monitors hajj and umrah activities, the Independent Hajj Reporters (IHR), has said that some states Muslim pilgrims welfare boards have refused to respond to its Freedom of Information (FOI), request on the number of intending pilgrims for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage who paid their hadaya (animal...... more

NAHCON initiates new health system for 2019 Hajj

NAHCON initiates new health system for 2019 Hajj The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has introduced a Caravan System of health delivery to the pilgrims this year. The new initiative will operate in Mashaa’ir (religious sites) areas of Muna, Arafat and Muzdalifah. Dr Ibrahim Kana, the Commissioner in charge of health matters, disclosed this in a statement on...... more

News Express Regional Editor among international journalists to cover 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia

News Express Regional Editor among international journalists to cover 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia The North West Regional Editor of the widely read News Express online daily newspaper, Mr. Garba Muhammad, is among international journalists, special guests of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques to cover the 2019 Hajj exercise. Mr. Muhammad, former Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kaduna State Council, current National Ex-Officio, Chairman,...... more

Inter-faith groups, clerics begin 40-days “deliverance” prayers for Nigeria

Inter-faith groups, clerics begin 40-days “deliverance” prayers for Nigeria The National Interfaith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP) has commenced a 40 days’ programme of fasting and prayers for the unity of Nigeria. This was contained in a statement by Sheik Ahmad Jibrin, a Co-Convener at the Unity Fountain, in Abuja. He stated that the program is at the prompting...... more

Hajj: Saudi Ambassador organises farewell party for Nigerian guests of Custodian of 2 Holy Mosques

Hajj: Saudi Ambassador organises farewell party for Nigerian guests of Custodian of 2 Holy Mosques The Saudi Ambassador to Nigeria, Adnan Bin Mahmoud Bostaji, has sent forth the guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques from Nigeria to perform the 2019 Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia. At a farewell ceremony held in Abuja, on Friday, Bostaji, who is the Ambassador of the Custodian of...... more

Hajj: NAHCON warns pilgrims against display of political banners

Hajj: NAHCON warns pilgrims against display of political banners The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has once again warmed Nigerian pilgrims against engaging in political activities in Saudi Arabia. A statement signed by Fatima Sanda Usara, Head, Public Affairs, NAHCON, and issued to journalists on Thursday, called on the pilgrims to remember that displaying banners or pamphlets with political...... more

Kwara disowns protesting Hajj pilgrims

Kwara disowns protesting Hajj pilgrims Intending Hajj pilgrims who protested on Monday morning at the Ilorin International Airport are not from Kwara but from neighbouring states, the State Government said this evening via a statement signed by Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor. “We wish to clarify that every intending pilgrim registered with the...... more

Saudi Arabia extends registration for Qur’an/Athan competition; millions up for grabs

Saudi Arabia extends registration for Qur’an/Athan competition; millions up for grabs The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has extended the registration period for the Qur’an and Athan Global Awards to August 18, 2019. According to the press release by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) of KSA, the extension was due to the unprecedented number of participation so as to enable all those who...... more

Catholic group trains 3,000 members on prophetic intercession

Catholic group trains 3,000 members on prophetic intercession Mr Collins Ugwu, the National Chairman, Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria (CCRN), says no fewer than 3000 members have been trained to intercede and evangelise for the country. Ugwu disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja at the National Prophetic Intercession and Unbound Training, organised by CCRN...... more

Saudi Arabia bans pilgrims from DR Congo

Saudi Arabia bans pilgrims from DR Congo Saudi Arabia has banned entry to travelers coming from Democratic Republic of Congo over fears Ebola could spread during next month’s haj pilgrimage. The decision, announced in a note issued on Wednesday by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, cited last week’s decision by the World Health Organization to declare the...... more

 

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