Two-year cycle journey for Umrah from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia

Aliyu Abdullahi Bala, a Nigerian cycling enthusiast survived numerous obstacles and dangers on his arduous journey that began in Nigeria on the western coast of Africa and passed through Niger, Chad and Sudan before arriving at his destination

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Two-year cycle journey for Umrah from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia
Two-year cycle journey for Umrah from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia

He walked through the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkiye, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan to reach Saudi Arabia.

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He reached Ayesha Mosque in Makkah on June 26, where a huge crowd of pilgrims, local residents, and his two daughters, who had flown from the UK, welcomed him in the holy city.

The Nigerian Embassy said in a statement: “Nigerian Mission warmly welcomes the bicycle man from Nigeria into the Kingdom, who left Jos, Plateau State in February 2021, for Umrah in Makkah and a visit to the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, and arrived in the Kingdom safely in the fulfillment of his vow and mission.”

Later, the ambassador met the Nigerian cyclist when he returned to Jeddah after visiting the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.