Official: Ronaldo unveiled as Al Nassr player in Saudi Arabia

December 31, 2022 BBC 0

Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr on a deal that runs until 2025. The Portugal captain was a free agent after leaving Manchester United following a controversial interview in which he criticised the club. Ronaldo will reportedly receive the biggest football salary in history at more than £177m per year. The 37-year-old says he is “eager to experience a new football Read More

Nigeria, Saudi Arabia sign deal on accident investigations

December 7, 2022 Suleiman Idris Lagos 0

The federal government and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see both countries collaborate on investigations into any air mishaps within the airspace of both countries. The federal government through the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) signed the MoU with representatives from the Accident Investigation Bureau of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Read More

Lewandowski lands first World Cup goal as Poland stop Saudi Arabia

November 27, 2022 Rosemary Moribirin 0

Robert Lewandowski scored his first World Cup goal as Poland earned a crucial victory over Saudi Arabia that leaves Group C wide open. The Barcelona striker capitalised on an error by Saudi Arabia midfielder Abdulelah Al Malki before sending a composed finish past onrushing goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais. Lewandowski, who missed a penalty in Tuesday’s goalless draw with Mexico, was visibly emotional after Read More

Saudi Arabia: Odion Ighalo named in team of the season

July 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

Odion Ighalo has been named in the Team of the Season for the top Saudi Arabian League. The Super Eagles striker was top scorer of the league with 24 goals. His club Al Hilal won the championship on the final day of action. It was Ighalo’s first major trophy since he moved overseas 17 years ago. Egypt and former West Read More

[Breaking] 2022 Hajj: Nigeria gets over 43,000 slots

April 21, 2022 Editor 0

The Saudi authorities have allocated 43,008 pilgrims’ quota to Nigeria for the 2022 Hajj exercise. Chairman of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON), Alhaji Zhikrullah Kunle Hassan, disclosed this on Thursday while briefing Chief executive of state Muslim pilgrims welfare boards, agencies and commissions in Abuja. According to him, “On the allocation, the states are having 33, 976 while the tour Read More

Omicron: CSO urges Saudi Arabia to end flight suspension on Nigeria

January 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

Independent Hajj Reporters, a civil society organisation that monitors and reports Hajj and Umrah activities, has called on the federal government to deploy diplomatic measures to engage the government of Saudi Arabia to end the flight suspension placed on Nigeria by the Kingdom of over Omicron variant of Covid-19. The group said Nigerian Hajj Operators had suffered financial losses running Read More

Omicron: Saudi Arabia bans Nigerian fligts

December 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Saudi Arabia government Wednesday joined the growing list of countries that banned Nigerians and flights originating from the country from their countries over the spread of the deadly new coronavirus variant, Omicron. The Kingdom’s aviation regulatory body, General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), in a circular with subject: ‘Suspension of Flight Coming from and to the Federal Republic of Read More

Breaking: Ighalo, Ndidi, Osimhen included in Super Eagles list vs Liberia, Cape Verde World Cup qualifier

November 1, 2021 Editor 0

Head Coach Gernot Rohr has called up Odion Ighalo despite his caution against a rush inclusion in the Super Eagles team. Also, the coach has listed team captain Ahmed Musa, deputy captain William Ekong, defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Leon Balogun, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi, forwards Moses Simon and Victor Osimhen, as well as 16 others for Nigeria’s closing Read More

At last, Odion Ighalo breaks silence over Super Eagles return

October 30, 2021 ESPN 0

Striker Odion Ighalo is undecided on a possible return to the Super Eagles, more than two years after he retired from the national team.  Super Eagles Head Coach Gernot Rohr had recently hinted at a potential return for the former Watford forward. But Ighalo, who is enjoying an impressive form with Saudi Arabian top side Al Shabab, is yet to Read More

Buhari in Saudi Arabia, prays for lasting peace in Nigeria

October 29, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday made a brief stopover at Madinah where he observed his evening prayers and engaged in intense prayers, along with his entourage for the return of peace and security all over Nigeria and the world at large. The President who had earlier been received at the Prince Muhammad Abdulaziz Airport, Madinah by the Deputy Governor of the Read More

Katsina pilgrim’s board set to commence lesser hajj operation

October 20, 2021 Hamidu Sabo 0

Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board (KSPWB) management Tuesday said it will soon commence lesser hajj (UMRAH) operation to Saudi Arabia for the first time in the state following the approval of Governor Aminu Bello Masari. The executive director, KSPWB, Alhaji Suleiman Nuhu Kuki, said the board has already held an interface meeting with the chairman and team of Al-Rufaqa Travels Read More

Domestic work or domestic slavery?

October 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

Though, there is still one form of slavery or the other taking place all over the world, I was particularly specific on this topic after watching a recent footage showing how a housemaid was savagely killed by her supposed Arab employer.This article, therefore, aims at joining the multiple voices clamouring for the governments of some Gulf countries, United Nations and Read More

Happening now: New billionaire owners complete Newcastle takeover as club becomes richest at Premier League

October 7, 2021 Editor 0

Newcastle United are under new Saudi ownership after a £300million deal was agreed with Mike Ashley and signed off by the Premier League.    The takeover was stopped in its tracks by a piracy dispute between the Gulf state and its Premier League broadcast partner beIN Sports, but that was settled earlier this week, paving the way for the takeover to be completed. Read More

OPEC dreams supply boost as prices bounce back

September 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is thinking of increasing supply of crude oil when they meet next week. This is on the back of the fact that, the resurgent pandemic has been reasonably curtailed and crude oil prices bounce back from its August slump. The coalition led by Saudi Arabia and Russia is gradually restoring the vast amount Read More

Ousted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani now in UAE

August 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani who fled his country as Taliban militants seized power, has moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the UAE government has confirmed. A statement by the UAE’s foreign ministry said, “The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country on Read More

IBB survived more coups than any leader in Nigeria – Iwuanyanwu

August 16, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former President General Ibrahim Babangida has been described as a leader who survived more coups than any other leader in Nigeria and one whose intellectual capacity was evident on the way he handled security matters while presiding the affairs of this nation. A business mogul and a close ally of General Babangida, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu in a statement in honour Read More


Umrah: NAHCON tasks pilgrims on Saudi regulations

August 5, 2021 Ahmid Lawal 0

In anticipation for the resumption of Umrah for external pilgrims, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has called on intending Umrah pilgrims and respective Licensed Tour Operators to take note of regulations laid down by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for successful participation in the season. A statement by NAHCON head, Public Affairs, Hajiya Fatima Sanda Read More

Nigeria’s crude exports drop as Arabia, UAE agree on oil output

July 15, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Proceeds from Nigeria’s crude oil and gas exports dipped significantly in the first quarter of 2021 to $6.48 billion compared to $11.1 billion received in the country’s current account in the corresponding period in 2020, according to data contained in the Central Bank of Nigeria’s balance of payment report. It also represents a 16.4 percent drop when compared to the Read More

Significance of first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah

July 13, 2021 Blueprint 0

The first ten days of Dhull Hijja are being observed by Muslims all over the world (the last month in the Islamic calendar). According to the highest body saddled with the jurisdiction, it is the responsibility of the Sultanate council to announce the sighting of “Moon” in which Sunday, July 11, 2021, was declared as the first day of the Read More

FCT MPWB to refund 2021 intending pilgrims’ deposit

June 18, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board is to commence the refund to its intending pilgrims who made deposits in respect of the 2021 hajj and are desirous to collect their money back. A statement from the Board’s spokesperson, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu said the refund was as a result of cancellation of the 2021 hajj exercise for foreign nationals by the Read More

The impact of pilgrimage on man and nations

June 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

Pilgrimage is a sacred travel (journey), a practice that represents humanity’s common heritage. It is a phenomenon that is as old as man’s existence on the planet earth. The complex nature of this human activity corollary the misconceptions, varied views and understanding around its definitions and categorizations by different disciplines. According to Deborah Castellano Lubo, “pilgrimage is not and never Read More

The impact of pilgrimage on man and nations

June 13, 2021 Celestine Toruka 0

Pilgrimage is a sacred travel (journey), a practice that represents humanity’s common heritage. It is a phenomenon that is as old as man’s existence on the planet earth. The complex nature of this human activity corollary the misconceptions, varied views and understanding around its definitions and categorizations by different disciplines. According to Deborah Castellano Lubo, “pilgrimage is not and never Read More