'We Are Sorry', Saudi Arabia Tells Nigeria Over Maltreated Pilgrims
Muslim faithfuls across the world are performing their holy prayers in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Prophet Muhammed.
Hundreds of Nigerian Muslims are also attending.
But on Sunday, August 19, two of the Nigerian pilgrims from Nasarawa State were allegedly detained and manhandled on arrival at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina.
It took the intervention of the Secretary of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Bello Tambuwal, to secure their release.
Tambuwal, who is also the Coordinator of Medina Hajj Operation, petitioned the Saudi Ministry for Hajj Affairs over the issue and demanded immediate action on the perpetrators.
In response to Bello’s petition, Saudi Arabia authorities apologised to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Mohammad Albijawi, gave the apology on behalf of the Royal leaders of the Kingdom when he visited the victims at Wefada Al Zahra Hotel on Al Salam Street Markazziya, in Medina.
He expressed regret over the unfortunate incident and assured that it would not happen again.
The Deputy Minister said that Saudi authorities would never tolerate such embarrassment of pilgrims and would take measures to forestall a re-occurrence.