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President Orders Probe Of Deported Female Pilgrims

President Orders Probe Of Deported Female Pilgrims

President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered a thorough post mortem of  some Nigerian female pilgrims deported from Mecca over the issue of male companions.

Jonathan made this known on Thursday in his Eid-El-Kabir Message to Nigerians, which was made available to State House correspondents in Abuja.

He said the essence of the probe was to ensure that Hajj airlift operations were never disrupted by such problems in future and Nigerian pilgrims not subjected to such traumatic experience again.

The president extended warm greetings to Nigerians and Muslims in particular on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir festival.

He congratulated all Nigerians who successfully undertook the Hajj operations.

Jonathan noted that the country would make faster progress toward the attainment of developmental objectives with the co-operations of the citizens.

He called on people to live up to the highest ideals of religious beliefs, including the fear of God, selfless service, respect for laws and constituted authorities, honesty, justice, equity, fairness, dutifulness, peace and harmonious co-existence with others.

Jonathan said his administration would continue to give dedicated, committed, focused and purposeful leadership toward overcoming old and emerging challenges before the nation.

The president said Nigerians should use the occasion of the Sallah celebration to remember the plight of the victims of flooding.

“I have already announced a relief package of close to N18 billion and constituted a national committee to raise more funds to help victims of the floods.

“In the true spirit of our major religions which enjoin us to be generous to the needy, I urge all Nigerians who can do so to donate munificently to the national relief fund for affected persons and communities.

“We will monitor the disbursement and utilisation of the funds released by the Federal Government and those raised by the National Committee very closely to ensure that they are judiciously and expeditiously expended for the benefit of the flood victims,’’ he said.

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