The Etsu Nupe, Dr Yahaya Abubakar, yesterday commended Nigeria’s pilgrims to this year’s pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia for their good conduct.
Abubakar, who is the leader of Nigeria’s pilgrims, gave the commendation during a visit to some pilgrims’ hotels in Makkah.
He said the visit was to assess the living conditions of the pilgrims and proffer solutions to any problem, and added that he was impressed with reports that no Nigerian pilgrim was involved in any untoward conduct in the Holy Land.
“We are a team set up by His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and leader of Muslims in Nigeria to come to the Holy Land as your leaders and attend to your needs.
“Our delegation is in line with the prophetic injunction which says where two or more persons are on a journey, there must be leaders of that journey.
“We are visiting to see how you are faring in terms of feeding, medication, accommodation and transportation. We will try to solve some of the challenges you may be facing and report to appropriate authorities the ones we cannot solve,” he said.
The Etsu Nupe stated that the responses received so far from the places he had visited, showed that there was remarkable improvement in the services this year.
He, however, decried lack of adequate cooling system at Muna and called on the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to address the lapse. He urged pilgrims to consider the shortcomings experienced in the course of performing the hajj as part of sacrifices usually encountered during such spiritual exercise
Welcoming the delegation to Borno House, the state Amirul Hajj and deputy governor of the state, Usman Mamman Durkwa, commended the delegation for caring about the welfare of Nigerians.
He said the state was satisfied with all the services except the ugly experience it had with the vehicle that brought its pilgrims from Medinah to Makkah.
He appealed to NAHCON to provide adequate toilets and bathrooms at the pilgrims’ accommodation to ease the problem they faced in using such facility. While in Lagos House, Etsu Nupe commended the pilgrims for orderliness as well as the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for ensuring the welfare of the pilgrims from the state.
The Amirul Hajj of the state and Commissioner for Home Affairs, AbdulLateef AbdulHakeem, thanked the delegation for the visit.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for making sure that Nigerian Muslims had a comfortable pilgrimage in spite of the economic crunch in the country.
Abubakar was accompanied by the Emir of Dass in Bauchi State, Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Othman; Wazirin Katsina, Sani Lugga and Chief Imam of Owo in Ondo State, Alhaji Ahmed Aladesawe. (NAN)