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The NAHCON intervention in Nigeria’s diplomatic profiling, By Tunde Akanni

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The NAHCON intervention in Nigeria’s diplomatic profiling, By Tunde Akanni

All through my repeated visits to the the holy masjid, I got to fancy the everyday of the vision and taste of the unusual NAHCON management headed by the examined, trans-generational leader, Zikrullah Hassan, as hinted on the first day of arrival. That resort for NAHCON officers presented a spectacular signpost for all Nigerian pilgrims. It’s been so visible to locate and may well maybe even be frail as a landmark to resolve the positioning of resorts of the pilgrims of all Nigerian states.Along with over four hundred various pilgrims from Lagos and Abuja, we made it, with gigantic sense of gratitude to Allah, into the King Abdul Azeez Global Airport on July 5.  We had been so essential grateful on story of correct as we had been about flying out of Lagos, there used to be a loud shout to the medics within the aircraft to lickety-split exhibit up for some emergency. One among us doable pilgrims, a center feeble person from Lagos Verbalize, had a failing health. She used to be promptly surrounded by medics and others alike for sundry abet. Her decrease limbs had been too extinct to abet her greater trunk. Her dropping head pitiably betrayed a failing neck as medics tried to work her up. This inappropriate inner-aircraft incident went on for bigger than 30 minutes nonetheless no one used to be in a flee, as all of us wished she would leap support to suffer the six-hour scramble. She didn’t. She had to be helped to disembark.The Jeddah pilgrims’ arrival level secured by the Nationwide Hajj Price of Nigeria (NAHCON) for Nigerian pilgrims, offered inexhaustible but refreshing facilities, as we had all we wished to bathtub and don our Ihram, so as that shall we head straight to the Holy Masjid Haram in Makkah for the first leg of the holy pilgrimage. True sooner than the stroll to Haram from our resort, we had to fall our light baggage – muslim pilgrims advisedly commute light. Nema Mawadda Resort used to be to be my home and that of my eight media colleagues from Lagos.  Accommodation fixing over, we hastened to the Holy Mosque with the relentless chant of Labaykalahuma Labayka…Reduction on the resort after the preliminary rites at Haram, no longer just some of the officers within the identical aircraft with me had been excited by the facilities broadly described as a transparent departure from the past. One among them volunteered: “The resort for officers frail to be love a college dormitory with mattresses on the flooring without identical outdated adornments for tickled sleep. That formula, you’re without prolong made to fully set off your senses for the hajj season’s traits of persistence, persistence and tolerance.”In actual fact for me, it’s been a reasonably pleasing Makkah lodging since I began performing hajj decades support, relationship to 1990s. From our Nema Mawwada Resort on Ibrahim El Khalil Avenue to Masjid Haram is barely 30 minutes of healthy trekking on effectively paved boulevard aspect-walks. What with the beckons from every left and correct of generous givers of refreshments, including stout meals to pilgrims? On my first day, I had various offers, including a stout meal with hen. I had barely savoured that after my friend and colleague, Mikhail Mumuni, ex-Instruct editor, threw a shaggy dog anecdote bothering on culinary adventure, announcing he would clutch to discover a region to get shawarma. Pronto, a man sauntered to our aspect and handed out correct that and free of payment! Allah Akbar, we every chorused!All through my repeated visits to the the holy masjid, I got to fancy the everyday of the vision and taste of the unusual NAHCON management headed by the examined, trans-generational leader, Zikrullah Hassan, as hinted on the first day of arrival. That resort for NAHCON officers presented a spectacular signpost for all Nigerian pilgrims. It’s been so visible to locate and may well maybe even be frail as a landmark to resolve the positioning of resorts of the pilgrims of all Nigerian states. All one wished to abet out used to be to form obvious entering Haram by project of Gate 79, in every other case incessantly called King Fahad Gate. In case it is seemingly you’ll maybe well maybe seemingly effectively be additionally carried out at basically the most enormous, mega masjid, endeavour to locate the two huge roads separated by the extremely smartly-liked, underground bogs – one for men and the various for girls people – to rep your formula home. El Khalil Avenue is a household title in Makkah.Away from Haram into the boulevard, a freeway if truth be told, you’re tempted to notice into stores of various wares adorning the flooring floors of many resorts occupied by the pilgrims from various countries. The line up of the resorts is a reminder of the blueprint in Joa Pessoa, a northwestern seaside city in Brazil, which performed host to the 2016 version of the Internet Governance Discussion board (IGF), the global convergence dedicated to discussing Internet and all connected considerations. In Makkah at night, billowing flags of the countries whose pilgrims stop in every of the resorts turn into more visible as they unfurl as if in cautious dance for the festive month of Dhul Hijjah as a various month.To head within the direction of where Nigerian pilgrims are concentrated, there are three overhead bridges and a save of three twin, good, blue lined boulevard mark boards between Haram and our dangle Nema Mawadda Resort. The first bridge welcomes you to the feet of the marbled staircase descending from the platform of the massive male and feminine washrooms.As you progressively head into ‘Nigerian quarters’, correct sooner than the 2nd bridge there may be incessantly a preponderance of pilgrims from Turkey, with their nationwide emblem all over what they save apart on and lift. But Hajj being an inimitable facilitator of the convergence of races, here to your correct is the Palestine Resort occupied clearly by the pilgrims from Palestine. An enormous, but glittering development parades invitingly save tea tables and chairs for resort occupants outside of its foyer. It is seemingly you’ll maybe well then imagine the attract of the elaborately furnished foyer with conspicuous expression of hospitality.  Pilgrims from Turkey and Palestine happily repeat bye to colleagues from various countries going additional to their respective resorts, with repeated greetings of salaam, the immediate rep of Asalam alaykum warahmatulah wabaaraka tuh.Rapidly after the bridge is the resort occupied by pilgrims from Bangladesh. It isn’t any less luminous than the one for the Turkey pilgrims. Indeed, one recurrent feature of all cadres of facilities here is the adherence to the utilization of easiest quality offers within the face of a flowery, certainly hard to beat, hilly surroundings. Within the support of every of the full resorts are mountainous mountains nonetheless the resorts too appear like in competition with them in peak, as well to flaunting extraordinarily beauteous architectural designs infrequently available in various substances of the sphere I if truth be told dangle been, including the US, UK, Netherlands. Dubai is seemingly next in parading such spectacles. Within the event you feature in environments love tertiary institutions where architects are speculated to indulge patrons with their abilities nonetheless fail to so operate, Saudi resorts will form you suspect of such architects as criminals. Towering structures everywhere flaunt indescribably detailed aesthetics.As I went additional to peer resorts for Indonesians and Pakistanis, the resorts for Turkey and Bangladesh pilgrims readily reminded me of Nigeria’s membership of D8 countries, whose contemporary government secretary, Isiaka Abdulqadir Imam, is a Ngerian, and a outmoded of diplomacy who frail to be Nigeria’s ambassador to Brazil. D8, in every other case called Growing-8, is an organisation for style cooperation amongst Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. Its secretariat is in Istanbul, Turkey. Our resorts fragment the identical boulevard, as if EL Khalil Avenue is D8 Avenue. Nigeria due to the this reality ranks impressively with the sequence of region, especially as I later learnt that the unusual NAHCON management did what used to be humanly doable to get a essential greater payment of lodging for pilgrims this yr, correct that the global buck ranking has no longer spared our naira. A entire lot of various currencies, including these of strong economies, love yen and euro dangle no longer fared greater in contemporary time.Beyond enabling Nigerian pilgrims to rub shoulders with these of Turkey and Bangladesh, Europe’s quickest rising economic system and the sphere’s perfect producer of garments respectively, the NAHCON management eventually seized a golden moment for us all when the hajj administrators of African countries had to meet with the Saudi authorities to rep out about this yr’s hajj. NAHCON Chair, Ustaz Zikrullah Hassan spoke on behalf of all Africans to the appreciative viewers. The honor for Nigeria, most no longer too long within the past heightened by athlete Tobi Amusan used to be palpably perceived on the beautiful event in Makkah.The honor that came the formula of the NAHCON boss, Hassan, used to be effectively ready for. His charity began at home. The outdated week, he had arrange a most transparent Hajj 2022 review session for fetch out stakeholders, additionally in Makkah, where considerations even though critically talked about quiet earned him plaudits. The lesson: Colleagues from within and without can handiest accord you honour if handiest you’re self-respecting. Hassan earned his!Tunde Musibau Akanni, Affiliate Professor and Head of Journalism Department at LASU, is a member of the Nationwide Media Committee of Hajj 2022Reduction PREMIUM TIMES’ journalism of integrity and credibilityFactual journalism charges reasonably just a few money. 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