“Deported from the Holy Land” – Pilgrims Narrate Their Ordeal in Saudi

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Some of the pilgrims who were deported from Saudi Arabia have arrived the country. The deportees, who arrived aboard a Max Air plane, which touched down at Aminu Kano International Airport at about 4:55pm, said they were turned back for not being accompanied by approved male relatives.

The female pilgrims, most of whom were in tears, numbered about 170. Of this, 111 were from Katsina State while 60 were from Taraba State. Most of them were seen in tears, looking weary and upset.

Some of them narrated their ordeals to reporters, saying that they were returned despite their wailings, screaming and pleas to the Saudi officials to allow them to carry out the annual religious ritual. According to one of them, Amina Jalingo, “We were held in Madina for two days without food. None of us could sleep because the environment was so cold. Most of us collapsed on the floor, sobbing and pleading after we were told that we would be deported. All our pleas fell on the officials’ deaf ears,” she recalled.

Meanwhile, the federal government of Nigeria had given the Saudi authorities a 24-hour ultimatum to resolve the issue of the detained female pilgrims. Perhaps the deportation of these pilgrims is the Saudis’ way of “resolving” the issue.

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5 Comments

  • How difficult is it to understand when you are told a simple instruction that can lead to your deportation but you will still go ahead. If you cant afford to go there with a muharram (male relative) then wait till God make it possible for you.

  • IS IT NOT NOW CLEAR TO YOU THAT GOD IS A NIGERIAN? WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IN SOKOTO IS NOW IN SHOKOTO. YOU PEOPLE DID NOT KNOW THE NATION YOU HAVE CALLED NIGERIA. YOU DESPISED IT, LOOTED THE WEALTH AND YOU WANT TO RUN TO WHERE THEY DON’T WANT YOU. THE OWNER OF THIS WORLD HIS HOLINESS OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU IS A NIGERIAN, HE IS WATCHING. A BIRD THAT FLIES FOR UP WILL EVENTUALLY STEPS IT FEET ON THE GROUND. OLUMBA IS WATCHING!

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