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Checked in Muslim passengers were pictured praying in front of the toilet at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos as there was no mosque for them to observe their prayers. A twitter user who shared the pictures on his twitter account expresses his displeasure over the absence of a Mosque for the checked passengers. 

Maidugu‏ @maidugu call on the Minister for Aviation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sen. Sirika Hadi, to direct the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to provide spaces for the major religion in Nigeria to pray. 

I just witnessed a rather humiliating situation at the MMA 1 Airport in Lagos. There was no prayer room so Muslims who have checked-in have to pray right in front of the toilet! Hon Minister hadisirika should pls prevail on FAAN_Official to reserve a shop for that purpose. At least our airport infrastructure should be able to accommodate the two main religions in Nigeria. Travelling inconvenience is key to attracting important visitors to our country.

Checked-In Passengers Pray In Front Of Lagos Airport Toilet
Muslims pray in front of Lagos Airport toilet. Credit – https://bit.ly/2T6Bn7R

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in reaction to the tweet denied that there is no mosque at the airport. According to FAAN, there is a mosque at the airport car park but the passengers did not ask where the mosque is located.

There’s a mosque by the car park, perhaps they did not ask around where they can pray. Thank you.


It is not always advisable for already checked-in passengers to leave the waiting area because they may be called to board anytime soon. secondly, before already checked in passenger will be allowed to re-enter the waiting lounge, he/she will go through all the security checks.

What’s your take on this? Do you think there is a need to have a Mosque or a Church at the lounge for already checked-in passengers to pray?

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