Category: Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim Wing)

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.

Signed

Taiwo Adisa

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde

 

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Oyo Confirms Cancelation Of 2020 Hajj For International Pilgrims.

…. says the cancellation was to  curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic

Oyo State Pilgrim Welfare Board (Muslim wing) has confirmed the decision of Saudi Arabia authority to allow only the local Pilgrims of different nationality to perform the Hajj 2020 and cancel the attendance of the international Pilgrims.

The Chairman of the Board, Prof Sayed Malik made the  disclosure while briefing the Journalists about the development in his office at the Hajj Camp, Olodo, Ibadan.

Prof. Malik, stated that the decision was to curb the spread novel coronavirus pandemic that is currently ravaging the whole world, considering the large number of people that will wish to perform the 2020 Hajj.

He added that the decision was  to prevent contact of COVID 19 and  curtail the spread of it among  the  international Pilgrims who we converge in the holy land for 2020 Hajj.

He  hinted all the intending Pilgrims that have deposited their monies with the board that their monies are  intact and safe till 2021 Hajj, adding that those that wish to get their money back are permitted to request for the refund of their monies by writing to the board.

The Chairman further  appreciated the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) under the leadership of Alhaji (Barrister) Kunle Hassan, on behalf of the board members for the unrelent efforts put in place for the 2020 Hajj operation, as we know that man proposes and God disposes.

The Chairman thereafter warned all the 2021 intending Pilgrims that COVID-19 is real and enjoyed them to  join the Oyo State Government in it’s efforts to fight the pandemic by always observing all the protocols listed to prevent this deadly pandemic.

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OYSG Refund Another Money To The 2019 Hajj Pilgrims.

…..To reflect transparency and accountability of the present administration in the State.

 

Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim wing) has refunded the sum of N8,064.34 to  each of the 2019 Hajj Pilgrims that travelled with the State Government.

The Chairman of the Board, Prof Sayid Malik,  made this known while briefing the Journalists  in his office at the Hajj Camp , Olodo, Ibadan.

Prof. Malik hinted that the State Government through the Board has refunded the total sum of N24,628,900 to the 2019 Pilgrims before they embarked on their journey to Saudi Arabia.

He affirmed that a new dawn has truly come to Oyo State going by the gesture extended to the Pilgrims and support given to the Board by the present administration under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde, whose transparency and accountability remains his watchword.

The Chairman thereafter  warned all the 2020 intending Pilgrims with the State and their coordinator to be wary of fraudsters that may want to dupe them.   He  then   assured the  2020 intending Hajj Pilgrims with the State Government of better service in the coming Hajj exercise.

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OYSG Refund Another Money To The 2019 Hajj Pilgrims.

OYSG Refund Another Money To The 2019 Hajj Pilgrims.

…..To reflect transparency and accountability of the present administration in the state.

Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim wing) has refunded the sum of N8,064.34 to each of the 2019 Hajj Pilgrims that travelled with the state government.

The Chairman of the Board, Prof Sayid Malik, made this known while briefing the Journalists in his office at the Hajj Camp , Olodo, Ibadan.

Prof. Malik hinted that the state government through the Board has refunded the total sum of N24,628,900 to the 2019 Pilgrims before they embarked on their journey to Saudi Arabia.

He affirmed that a new dawn has truly come to Oyo State going by the gesture extended to the Pilgrims and support given to the Board by the present administration under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde, whose transparency and accountability remains his watchword.

The Chairman thereafter warned all the 2020 intending Pilgrims with the state and their coordinator to be wary of fraudsters that may want to dupe them. He then assured the 2020 intending Hajj Pilgrims with the state government of better service in the coming Hajj exercise.

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Last Batch of Oyo 2019 Muslim Pilgrims Depart Makkah to Nigeria

The last batch of  2019 Pilgrims  from Oyo State to Makkah and Medinah  have successfully departed Saudi Arabia to Nigeria after completing their pilgrimage rights.

The Chairman of the Board, Prof. Sayed Malik confirmed this while addressing the Journalists at the Pilgrims hotel Durat Al Ewaa, Makkah.

The Chairman disclosed that four hundred and thirty three (433) Pilgrims departed Makkah to Jeddah where they will board flight to Nigeria, while over four hundred and fifty (450) of the Pilgrims had  arrived Nigeria earlier.

He  appreciated Almighty Allah for  successful performance of the Pilgrims Hajj activities both in Makkah and Medinah.

Prof . Malik then thanked His Excellency ,  Governor Seyi Makinde for his support before and during the Hajj exercise. He also appreciated the Pilgrims for their support and cooperation during the Hajj.

The Chairman used the medium to remind the Pilgrims to make use of the lessons learnt from this year Hajj and do away with any act  or behaviour that can destroy their Hajj when getting back to their various houses.

 

Badmus Ibrahim A

Press Officer.

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First Batch of Oyo 2019 Muslim Pilgrims Depart Makkah to Nigeria

The first batch of  2019 Pilgrims  from Oyo State to Makkah and Medinah  have successfully departed Saudi Arabia to Nigeria after completing their pilgrimage rights. (more…)

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Oyo Muslim Pilgrims Successfully Ascend Mount Arafat

All the intending pilgrims from Oyo state gathered on Saturday at the sacred hill of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for an intense day of worship and reflection on what is considered the climax of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage.

The Chairman of the Board Prof. Sayed Malik disclosed  this while addressing the Journalists at the mount of Arafat in  the city of Mecca,Saudi Arabia.

“The Day of Arafat, considered to be the most important day during the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj, sees pilgrims making their way to the site of Mount Arafat to spend much of the day in prayer. It is also the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad delivered his last sermon to believers.”

He  appreciated Allah for  successful performance of the Pilgrims Hajj duties both in Medinah, Makkah till the stage of Arafat.

Prof. Sayed Malik then led prayer with the Amir Hajj, Aree Musulumi of Yorubaland Edo and Delta, Alhaji Dahood Mokanjuola Akinola along with all the Pilgrims for the themselves, the state and Nigeria as a whole.

The Chairman also prayed for the successful completion of this year Hajj exercise.

In his own comments, one of the facilitators  Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Adelani urged the Pilgrims to continuous in prayer  after which he reminds them of the Quran verse were Allah instructed that we should call on him and He also promised to answer our prayers.

 

Badmus Ibrahim A

Press Officer.

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Oyo Muslim Pilgrims Successfully Ascend Mount Arafat

All the intending pilgrims from Oyo State gathered on Saturday at the sacred hill of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for an intense day of worship and reflection on what is considered the climax of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage.

The Chairman of the Board Prof. Sayed Malik disclosed  this while addressing the Journalists at the mount of Arafat in  the city of Mecca,Saudi Arabia.

“The Day of Arafat, considered to be the most important day during the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj, sees pilgrims making their way to the site of Mount Arafat to spend much of the day in prayer. It is also the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad delivered his last sermon to believers.”

He  appreciated Allah for  successful performance of the Pilgrims Hajj duties both in Medinah, Makkah till the stage of Arafat.

Prof. Sayed Malik then led prayer with the Amir Hajj, Aree Musulumi of Yorubaland Edo and Delta, Alhaji Dahood Mokanjuola Akinola along with all the Pilgrims for the themselves, the State and Nigeria as a whole.

The Chairman also prayed for the successful completion of this year Hajj exercise.

In his own comments, one of the facilitators  Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Adelani urged the Pilgrims to continuous in prayer  after which he reminds them of the Quran verse were Allah instructed that we should call on him and He also promised to answer our prayers.

 

Badmus Ibrahim A

Press Officer.

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Oyo Muslim Pilgrims Successfully Ascend Mount Arafat

All the intending pilgrims from Oyo State gathered on Saturday at the sacred hill of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for an intense day of worship and reflection on what is considered the climax of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage.

The Chairman of the Board Prof. Sayed Malik disclosed  this while addressing the Journalists at the mount of Arafat in  the city of Mecca,Saudi Arabia.

“The Day of Arafat, considered to be the most important day during the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj, sees pilgrims making their way to the site of Mount Arafat to spend much of the day in prayer. It is also the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad delivered his last sermon to believers.”

He  appreciated Allah for  successful performance of the Pilgrims Hajj duties both in Medinah, Makkah till the stage of Arafat.

Prof. Sayed Malik then led prayer with the Amir Hajj, Aree Musulumi of Yorubaland Edo and Delta, Alhaji Dahood Mokanjuola Akinola along with all the Pilgrims for the themselves, the State and Nigeria as a whole.

The Chairman also prayed for the successful completion of this year Hajj exercise.

In his own comments, one of the facilitators  Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Adelani urged the Pilgrims to continuous in prayer  after which he reminds them of the Quran verse were Allah instructed that we should call on him and He also promised to answer our prayers.

 

Badmus Ibrahim A

Press Officer.

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