Facing The Ka'aba

June 20, 2024

Nigerian pilgrim returns lost $800, other currencies in Makkah

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A Nigerian pilgrim from Dutse Local government in Jigawa State, Abba Limawa found and returned 800 dollars, 10,500 Russian rubles and 690 Saudi Riyals to the authority in Makkah.


Limawa, 52, handed over the different currencies to the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Malam Jalal Arabi during the post-Afarat conference, held on Wednesday in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.


The pilgrims explained that he found the money inside a waist bag, while on his way to pray at the Masjid Haram (Mosque).


”Initially, I wanted to ignore the waist bag and moved to the Mosque, but on a second thought, I said it might belong to a Nigerian, especially some of our old women.


“So, I decided to pick it, and I proceeded to the mosque. When I returned to my accommodation, I opened the bag and discovered that there is no Nigerian currency and no any sign that it belonged to a Nigerian.


”Immediately, I approached one of the officials of the Jigawa State Pilgrims Welfare Boards, narrated the story and presented the money to him.


” From there, he commended me for showing an exemplary character and honesty and told me that he will hand-over the money to the NAHCON, to ensure that the owner gets his or her money,” he said.


Responding, Arabi commended Limawa for being honest and projecting the image of Nigeria positively at the international arena.