Saudi Arabia detains 400 Nigerian female Hajj pilgrims Reviewed by Momizat on . Four hundred female pilgrims from Nigeria, who arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday for this year’s hajj, have been separated from their male counterparts Four hundred female pilgrims from Nigeria, who arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday for this year’s hajj, have been separated from their male counterparts Rating:
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Saudi Arabia detains 400 Nigerian female Hajj pilgrims

Four hundred female pilgrims from Nigeria, who arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday for this year’s hajj, have been separated from their male counterparts and detained by Saudi authorities.

Local media report that the Saudis requested each female pilgrim to provide her muharram – the approved male companion accompanying her on her trip, usually a husband, father or brother – those that couldn’t produce any, were detained.

The authorities further threatened to deport the pilgrims to Nigeria.

The pilgrims arrived Jeddah in two separate Max Air flights Sunday afternoon. One of the planes, conveyed pilgrims from Jigawa State while the second conveyed pilgrims from Sokoto State.

The nearly 400 women were only allowed to be supplied with water and food by the Saudis after strenuous efforts by the Nigerian Consul in Jeddah and a Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad, who is the Amirul Hajj, has condemned the action of the Saudi authorities, describing it as “an insult to Nigeria and to this country’s millions of Muslims.”

The Sultan said, “They never raised this issue and never demanded that the female pilgrims must have a muharram. They did not make this a requirement for issuing visas.

“They issued visas to all these pilgrims, only to embarrass, detain and threaten to deport them when they arrived in the holy land. How can they do this to us?
“The chairman of the National Hajj Commission assured me that the Saudis never asked for this during all the meetings they held. This is very unfortunate. We have done a lot over the years to improve on our hajj operation and we do not deserve this humiliation.”

The Sultan also said that he had ordered the Nigerian pilgrims to resist any attempt to deport them.
“Let the Saudis physically carry them into the planes and deport them,” he said. “They issued them with valid visas, only to shift the goal posts at the very last minute, when they had already arrived in Jeddah.”

 

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/edom.finian Edom Finian

    MAY BE THEYARE AFRAID IF THE BOKOHARAM FEMALES ARE AMONG THEM SO YOUR HIGHNESS TAKE IT EASY WITH THE SAUDI AUTHORITY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edom.finian Edom Finian

    MAY BE THEYARE AFRAID IF THE BOKOHARAM FEMALES ARE AMONG THEM SO YOUR HIGHNESS TAKE IT EASY WITH THE SAUDI AUTHORITY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1042319936 Gbolahan Obadimeji Philips

    The Nigerian External affairs ministry and the body responsible for Hajj resist the deportation of the Nigerians.  They should also ensure that they are not deny access to any site or prevented from carrying out of any their religious rites while they are there. This totally unacceptable to us as a nation irrespective of anybody’s religious belief.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1042319936 Gbolahan Obadimeji Philips

    The Nigerian External affairs ministry and the body responsible for Hajj resist the deportation of the Nigerians.  They should also ensure that they are not deny access to any site or prevented from carrying out of any their religious rites while they are there. This totally unacceptable to us as a nation irrespective of anybody’s religious belief.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KCFCIIC2ZIKS5Y5LPUK7JMK7TE Plasma

    A visa only allows you to approach the port of entry into the country and there you will satisfy the immigration officer. So people should not shout that they have valid visa. What is valid visa? If they do not meet requirements to enter the country they should be denied access to enter the country. Every body must not be lawless like us.

  • Truthhurts8

    It is shameful that the sultan would say such a thing. This law has been there, just maybe silent. But to claim no knowledge is not befitting of the sultan. We should start doing things the right way and practice Islam the way it’s recommended. Please lets potray Nigerians as law abidding citizens. This is just the begining for people who believe they are above the law.

    • SIRAJ MUHAMMAD FUNTUA

       My dear brother you are absolutely saying the truth. Some Nigerians always believe that they are above the law; in Saudia Arabia, no one is above the law. The Prophet of Islam said that Any female who believe in Allah and the Day of Reckoning should not travel from one town to another without her Muharram (i.e. People such as her father, brother, uncle). Please, prominent Nigerians should beginning to wake up from their slumber.

  • Truthhurts8

    The Sultan should be ashame of himself for such statement. This law has been there and many more laws which Nigerians find ways to avoid. Instead of thinking of how to fix the other laws we do not comply with, we are wasting time over the obvious truth. It is sad that we don’t even have the morale standing to differentiate what is wrong from what is right. May He see the faithful and the Truthful through.

  • http://twitter.com/Useful007 Ayantola Yusuf

    Am ashame the sultan of sokoto is saying that the saudi authorities do not include that a female pilgrim should go on hajj with her muharram. it’s the sunnah of the prophet (sAW) for a female pilgrim to go for hajj in company of either her husband or a relative of hers and it’s obligatory which has being in existence still the time of the prophet. The sultan is only misleading the Nigerian Muslims the more, let him and his follow Muslim leaders educate the Muslims on the sunnah of the prophet. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YMUHQ7JD4JJR6SMPR4IWCSIIAY Smart

    His Royal Highness, sorry sir. Take it easy Saudi is not Nigeria where we don’t obey the law. Use diplomacy to resolve this matter so that these women can perform their hajj and come back home. Even if the Saudi authority have intention of waving this, our image all over the world have been dented by the activities of boko haram.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KZD2KD7ZK3ZI7ZYONXMVGFJLE aminu

    Sincerely, the Amir Hajj ( Sultan Sokoto) and his board are the cause of this ambarrasment,our bad orrientations has really widespreads to extent that common Sunnah of Rohsululahi(saw) has come so strange to our being.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/X.tE8q4Ctvs59EF_sF34CGAHjuPmnanI#6c695 Dr. J. Hope

    Saudi Arabia’s decision to hold hostage innocent Nigerians that traveled voluntarily on pilgrimage to Mecca is barbaric and tantamount to testing the diplomatic power of the Giant of Africa, Nigeria. It is very insulting to even ask any individual single or married Nigerian female to produce someone that escorted them on this maiden pilgrimage. Nigerians that decided to go on holy pilgrimage to Mecca are independent, wealthy, and well informed more than their counterpart in any other Muslim country. Saudi government should release immediately those Nigerian president should place a personal phone call to the Saudi Crown Prince to put an end to this unpleasant humiliation.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KX3ZLVEENVBZY64RM3B3QCO5PU olisa

       im a little bit disappointed in your write up. from your name i think it is safe to bet you are not a muslim (as i am not also) and as such may not know the requirements for female pilgrims. with that being said, what diplomatic power are u referring to? and which Africa are we the giants off? it is talk like this that leads nigerians and others who come into this country to trample on whoever they feel is beneath them because of this some what myopic idea that we are really great. i thought the first sane question to ask is what is needed for a female pilgrim? not talk about power, diplomacy and wealth- which i dnt see why u relate those who you feel have all that to be more enlightened muslims

  • SIRAJ MUHAMMAD FUNTUA

    Islam is a well structured faith; it is designed and enforced by almighty Allah; the issue of females travelling without a muharram is totally unacceptable in Islam; the Prophet of Islam has condemned it; so why should Nigerian female pilgrims be an exception. Prominent Nigerians should learn to use diplomatic statement when addressing international issues of this nature; it is totally wrong for the Sultan of Sokoto to claim ignorance of this Prophetic legislation. As a leader what he should have done is to plead to the KSA pilgrimage board; instead of reacting the way he did. Although, he is human, and liable to make mistakes. May Allah forgive his short comings and ours. Maasalam. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/sufiyanu.super Sufiyanu Super

    Shame to you Sultan for making such statement, don’t u knw dat it’s the sunnah of the prophet (SAW) for a female pilgrim to go with her muharram or either relative, look Saudi is not Nigeria where we don’t obey the law, in Holy land lyk Saudi no one above the law. also the cause of this shameles things it’s Government where it compersate a female who doesn’t no how to even perform the Hajj, while there masses are here no enough care in term of Food, scarcity of water, poor health, poverty, no permanent condtion. SUBHANNALLAH Hmmm Sultan u better know ur mouth

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