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Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« on: March 01, 2008, 08:15:13 AM »
My heart pulsated on learning that I would be travelling to Saudi Arabia as an official of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). I expected a calm and peaceful journey to the holy land, but the activities of some truant airliners involved in the airlifting operations robbed the pilgrims of these benefits.

For instance, take-off was made difficult by the truant airliners until NAHCON promptly intervened by contracting a jumbo jet which airlifted us to Jeddah on the eve of the closure of the Abdulaziz International Airport under the strict supervision of the Commissioner in Charge of Operations, Dr. Badmas Yusuf.

I was baffled by the high efficiency of beaureaucracy at Abdul Aziz Airport as security/immigration officials took us through the screening formalities without much fuss.

Each time I saw Malaysian pilgrims move in unison and in complete obedience to their officials, my heart bled, as their attitude contrasted sharply with ours. In fact, most of the problems we encountered during the pilgrimage were self-inflicted. Our pilgrims did not demonstrate frugality during the journey back home. While a Malaysian pilgrim would carry a small-sized bag, his Nigerian counterpart would carry two or more hand luggages, each of which was bigger than the prescribed size.

It is apparent from this attitude that many would not only have their luggage dropped, they would cause delay during the journey as airliners would refuse to accept such luggage. And where they did, it was at the expense of other pilgrims. Moreover, the hygeine of Nigerian pilgrims as with other African countries like Niger, Ghana, Benin Republic needs to be improved upon. This is not to completely absolve the Saudi Authority from blame. For instance, the approval of just one exit point contributed to the loss of direction and misplacement of hand luggage, and brought additional hardship to pilgrims who had to trek from the eastern side of the airport to the western side.

Usman Ibrahim.

Lagos.

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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2008, 09:00:17 AM »
Wait o!

Nigerian saids:

Nigerian pilgrims smell;
Nigerians love spending lavishly on gifts;
and next?

The rest are normal Nigerian factors. But, we don't smell. We emit radiation.
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2008, 10:38:15 AM »
Where do you come about the word smell in the topic Mr. olanajim?

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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2008, 01:57:53 PM »
Read it again. The poster mention "hygiene" i am sure it isn't clothes.
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2008, 06:28:42 PM »



reading between the lines...
olanajim?
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2008, 06:35:42 PM »
Yup!

He must himself be smelling!
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2008, 07:04:04 PM »



has it come to that?
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2008, 07:24:51 PM »
Not really.

If he thinks everyone have hygene problem without examining himself, then, it is not unlikely he is the culprit.
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2008, 12:16:15 PM »



so how come you're so sure
he hasn't examined himself?

did you feel slighted he considered
those pilgrims as some putrid smell?
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2008, 03:01:21 PM »
Not really. He ought not have generalised. He can't be the only saind among thousands.
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2008, 03:26:04 PM »




fine. let's hope he's reading this.
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2008, 07:13:27 PM »
Case close
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2008, 07:53:15 AM »
Cased has been closed?

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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2008, 09:14:47 AM »
Case closed!

Judge not so you will not be judged.
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2008, 05:51:01 PM »
no 2 commandment

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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2008, 04:50:14 AM »
Thou shall not open a closed thread! That is no 2.
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2008, 06:39:13 PM »
Let's not forget the point of the article:The 'bad' travelling habits of Nigerians.These traits can be seen if one travels regularly-we do tend to misbehave enroute,at the airport,in the shops etc:We are inpatient,noisy,dirty(not personal but environmental hygiene oh!),carry excess plus luggage,and so many other things.Airlines do tend to give us 'special treatments'.And not to mention the fact that our documents get unusual scrutiny by immigration,security and drug agencies!
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2008, 11:22:43 AM »
Quite in order.

The travellers often return home to the waiting hands of people who want to collect "aabo mecca". Even if you go to London twice a week, they would still collect something each time you return. I guess it is our culture. I wonder if we can change it.
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Re: Nigerians? Self-Inflicted Troubles In Saudi Arabia
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2008, 06:23:24 PM »
Well,unless we introduce WAIT(War against Indisciplined Travelling),and enforce it with bla bla,things won't change.
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« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2008, 07:30:28 PM »
Kai, you want people go hungry? Don't you know such law will affect people that depend on such travellers? Ma so mo!

The law would only be as successful as campaign against naira abuse.
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