Hajj 2022: Oyo Muslim Pilgrims In Medina Receive Traveling Allowances

Pilgrims from Oyo State who are in Medina have been paid all their traveling allowances.

The Chairman of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim Wing) Professor Sayed Malik disclosed this to newsmen at his Olodo Hajj Camp office.

Professor Malik said all the pilgrims were paid their traveling allowances by the Board officials in Medina.

“We have paid the traveling allowances of all the pilgrims from Oyo State. Even, those who earlier received half payments have been paid their balances. We are no longer owing any of our pilgrims in Saudi Arabia”, Professor Malik stated.

In addition to the assertion of the Chairman of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board Muslim Wing, videos which show the pilgrims collecting their traveling allowances in Medina are also trending on social media to confirm the payment of the pilgrims’ entitlements.

The Pilgrims Welfare Board Boss assured that as soon as more money is made available by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the traveling allowances of the intending pilgrims who are yet to be airlifted will be paid.

Professor Malik also appealed to intending pilgrims waiting to be airlifted to holy lands to be patient, stating that arrangements are being made to ensure that they are transported to Saudi Arabia very soon.

“We have secured an airliner that we want to use to transport our intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. But the number of intending pilgrims that are on ground are not enough for the plane to take off. We have about 300 intending pilgrims at Olodo Hajj Camp but they are too small for the aircraft which has the capacity to carry more than 500 people.

So, the pilots are seeking for more passengers to board the aircraft. As soon as they have enough passengers, most especially intending pilgrims from another State, our intending pilgrims will be airlifted to the Holy lands”, Professor Malik explained.

The Chairman of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim Wing) further assured that efforts are being intensified to secure visas for the intending pilgrims who are yet to get them.

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2022 Hajj: Oyo Govt Set to Airlift 779 Pilgrims on Friday

The Oyo State Government has revealed that Seven-hundred and seventy-nine intending pilgrims with Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Muslim Wing are to leave Nigeria for Saudi Arabia on Friday, June 17 for this year spiritual Hajj performance.

This was made known by the Chairman of the Board, Prof. Sayed Malik during the distribution of Hajj Clothes, Bags and other needed materials to Intending Pilgrims at Board Office, Hajj Camp, Olodo Ibadan today.

Prof Malik also called on the State’s 2022 Hajj intending pilgrims to pray for Nigeria while performing the spiritual exercise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He stated that the first batch of the Pilgrims are expected to be moved from Ibadan to Lagos State on Thursday, 16th June and take off to the Holy Land of Saudi Arabia on the following day.

“The first batch of Oyo State Intending Pilgrims for this year’s Hajj is going to leave Ibadan on Thursday 16th June and airlifted insha Allah early morning of the Friday, that is 17th July 2020”, he noted.

While urging those that were unable to collect the needed materials today to make themselves available as soon as possible, the Chairman noted that the Executive Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde is expected to meet with the intending pilgrims on Wednesday 15 to bid them welfare.

According to him, “Seven Hundred and Seventy-Nine (779) people are expected to perform this year’s Hajj from the State”.

The Chairman called on all the intending Pilgrims to converge at Hajj Camp in Olodo on Thursday 16th June in preparation for their journey from Ibadan to Lagos.

He therefore admonished them to abide by all regulations laid down by the Saudi Government and be good ambassadors of the State and Nigeria at large.

“They must realise that they are going there for religious exercises, they must be careful not to go against regulations from the Saudi Arabia Government and abide by instructions given by officials of the Board because they are more knowledgeable than they are as far as Hajj is concern”, he advised.

“They should not do things that can tarnish the good image of Oyo State in particular and Nigeria in general”, the Board’s Chairman warned.

“They must ensure they do not carry any illicit drug along with them because the Law Enforcement Agencies will be on ground to examine them thoroughly”, he also added.




Hon. Wasiu Olatubosun, Ph.D.,

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism,

Oyo State.

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People accusing me of hating Islam have skeletons in their cupboards, Makinde declares

…donates buses to Ansar-Ud-Deen Society, Freelance Broadcasters

Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State declared on Friday that some persons who are fond of accusing him of hating Islam or religious favoritism are individuals with skeletons in their cupboards.

The Governor, who was speaking during a brief ceremony where he presented buses to the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society, Oyo State Branch, and the Oyo Town chapter of the society, as well as the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN), Oyo State chapter, said that though his Government has discovered the ugly secrets of the past, it was still interrogating the details.

Makinde, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, declared that he will continue to serve the people of the State with fairness and the fear of God, irrespective of their religions.

He maintained that those struggling hard to divide the State with religious sentiments by insinuating that his administration hates Muslims, were only trying to cover their dirty past.

According to the Governor, “if some elements are saying I don’t like Muslims, it is what they have done in secret that is disturbing their minds.

“We have seen all that they did but we are still interrogating the details. If we decide to put it in the public, some may say it is confirmation that I don’t like Muslims,” he said.

The Governor added: “My Special Assistant on Islamic Affairs has said most of the things meant to be said. But one thing he didn’t remember to say is that the Imam of Omituntun has been there since 2014.

“We started building the Omituntun Mosque structure in 2013 and we completed it in 2014. As of that time, those who were my closest aides were three and they are all Muslims.

“I want to say it again that I love both the Muslims and the Christians as well as the traditionalists. We must not discriminate and we have to be fair to everybody. And we believe that whatever we do, we will get the reward from God.

“We are serving you as your servants. I came to you to give us the opportunity to serve you and you did. So, I believe we must serve you with the fear of God.

“So, today, I want to fulfill part of the promises I made before I got elected as the Governor of Oyo State. I promised that, when I become the Governor, I would do my best to support people from both religions. That is why I want to donate a bus each to the Ansar-Ud-Deen of Oyo State and that of Oyo Town, to propagate the gospel of Islam.”

Also speaking during the presentation of the buses, a former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly and senator who represented Oyo Central between 2015 and 2019, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, who is also member of the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society, commended Governor Makinde for running an all-inclusive Government.

She maintained that as a part of the coalition of parties that brought the Government into power, she has been giving support to the Government because it is doing things right, calling for prayers for the Governor and the Government.

She said: “You all know that I was once a Speaker in this State and Senator that represented Oyo Central Senatorial District. So, I can understand what is called governance. We are looking round to gather people within Oyo State for us to be able to support the Governor Makinde-led administration to succeed.

“In doing this, the Governor deemed it fit to get us a vehicle for movement, not for politics but for the course of their duties. As Muslims, they will be moving around mosques and everywhere to propagate the Islamic religion.

“Also, for FIBAN, they are part of the constituency of the Governor. When the Governor met them, they requested for vehicle and they came through me to collect it. So, we thank him and all the good people of Oyo State.

“We are not playing politics of ‘pulling someone down by all means’ but whenever we see something being done in the right manner, we are bound to give support.”

Chairman of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society, Alhaji Babatunde Oladejo expressed happiness with the donation, stating that it will help in its programmes to enlighten people on Islam and “probably the development in the Government circle.”

“As I said during my sermon, Oyo State is a technical place to govern but the Governor has been trying and all we need to do is to keep assisting him with prayers. We should also try as much as possible to let the people know the good works he is doing in the State.”

The chairman of the Oyo State chapter of FIBAN, Pastor Seun Akindele, also expressed gratitude to the Governor for the donation, stating that it was a surprise to the body.


Taiwo Adisa

Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde


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All Intending Pilgrims Must Take The Two COVID-19 Vaccines – Oyo Govt

The Oyo State Government has disclosed that all intending pilgrims in the State must get the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine before they could be eligible to take part in the coming pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

The Chairman, Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim Wong), Prof. Sayed Malik states this in Ibadan on Friday, calling on intending pilgrims to make use of the opportunity of time and provisions made by the State Government for ease of taking the vaccine before it would be too late.

Malik said all necessary efforts have been put in place to ensure that all interested individuals in the next Hajj exercise get the two shots of the preventive vaccine.

He further declared that people should ignore the rumors going round that a certain number of pilgrims will be accommodated in the next exercise, saying that the agency in charge of the pilgrimage has not said anything in that regard.

Prof. Malik, who alongside the board members and management of the agency in Oyo State, took the second dose of the vaccine, urged intending pilgrims to be expectant of good news as events unfold about the next pilgrimage to Makkah and Marina.

“The Federal agency in charge of the pilgrims has not made any official statement relating to the number of people that will journey to Saudi Arabia for the hajj, I don’t know where the rumors of a certain number came from, but I assure you that the coast will be clear in the next two weeks.

“Our people that are interested in partaking in the exercise should just get ready, but what they are expected to do for now is to get the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, it is a must for every intending pilgrim to get it and as you can see, the State Government has made it so seamless to get, we appreciate our Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde for this,” Malik said.



Wasiu Olatubosun (P.hd),

Honorable Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism,


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Makinde To Declare Hijrah Holiday From Next Year

…charges Muslims and non-Muslims to embrace peaceful coexistence

…as State marks Mawlud Nabbiyy celebration

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, declared that starting from next year, the Government would declare Hijrah holiday in line with the yearnings of the Muslim community in the State.

Makinde, who made the declaration during the celebration of 2021 Mawlud Nabiyy, held at the Remembrance Arcade of the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, stressed the need for the Muslim faithful and non-Muslims as well to continue to peacefully coexist.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Governor equally declared that the State will always rise above the antics of perpetrators of evil, whom he said had tried all they could to plunge the State into chaos.

According to Governor Makinde, only peaceful and harmonious coexistence would lead the State and the country to greater heights.

He implored Muslim faithful in the State to emulate the peaceful way of life of the Prophet Muhammad by following his legacies, charging all residents of the State to live in oneness and be their brothers’ keeper.

On the request for Mawlud Nabbiyy holidays in Oyo State, the Governor said the request would be attended to at the appropriate time, saying: “Some are saying the Governor does not want us to be celebrating Mawlud Nabbiy. That is not true. Last year, I believe we missed it. And when S.A Islamic Affairs came to meet me that it will be nice to hold the programme this year, even despite the COVID-19 pandemic, I gave him the go-ahead.

“We agreed on the date to choose, which would be convenient for our Imams, Alfas and others and that was why we chose today. I even told him that it is better we are late on it than not holding the event at all. But now, we know what is right and the promise is, from this point forward, we will be celebrating the event at the right time.

On the need to declare public holiday for Hijra celebration, the Governor said that the discussion has been extensive and that he had at a time summoned his Special Adviser on Economy and the Director-General of Oyo State Investment and Public, Private Partnership Agency (OYSIPPA) to brief him on the need for the holiday, he said that the matter could not be concluded at the end of the first year.

He, however, added that since the Aare Musulumi had raised the matter again, and following his consultation, which indicated that it was the wish of the people, he would declare the holiday from next year.

“For the first year, we could not have a landing. So, we continued with that discussion but since the Aare of Musulumi asked for it and because this is a Government you put in place, we will be observing Hijra as a public holiday in Oyo State,” he said.

Governor Makinde urged everyone in the State to contribute their quota to surmounting challenges of insecurity facing the State, calling on them not to exercise fear, as the Government is doing everything it can to make the State secure and move it forward.

In his address of welcome, the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Makinde, Mr. Mojeed Mogbonjubola, admonished Muslim faithful to emulate Prophet Muhammad, stating that the prophet used his lifetime to propagate and preach peace.

He further implored all residents of the State to support Governor Makinde efforts at promoting peaceful coexistence in the State.

Similarly, Sheik Adio Akinlapa, who delivered the sermon, called on both Muslim faithful and believers of other religions to support the Makinde administration in achieving success.

Akinlapa equally commended the present administration in the State for its tolerance to all religious bodies in the State, saying: “For those who are angry about Makinde becoming the Governor of Oyo State, they have missed it. God made this possible and the people must accept what the Lord has said so they can have rest of mind. Any house that does not have a good foundation will be destroyed in no time.

“Any religion that does not give us the teaching on how to live a good life is not a religion. Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo ethnic groups are all the same. We the masses are like phones, a phone without a SIM card is valueless no matter how expensive it is. And the Government can be likened to a SIM card that brings out the value of a phone. What I am saying in essence is, we need to live peacefully with ourselves.”

The celebration featured several events including Quranic recitations and special prayer sessions for those at the helm of affairs in the State and the country.

Government functionaries that attended the celebration included the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun; Head of Service, Alhaja Ololade Agboola and Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka, among others.

Other dignitaries in attendance were the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1; Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh Ganiyu Agbotomokekere and the former State chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Benjamin Akanmu as well as the Chairman of the Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Christian Wing, Bishop Ademola Moradeyo among others.


Taiwo Adisa

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde


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