Several UFO websites have revisited the strange case of a March, 2011 UFO sighting in Nigeria. According to residents of the small border village of Dulali in Lanzai South Ward, Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi state, in March of 2011, practically the entire village consisting of a few hundred people saw a bright light in the sky immediately after morning prayer at the local mosque. Soon after, they saw a massive “flying city” or “floating city” descending from out of the sky.
One of the eyewitnesses, Saidu Meshai Dulali, who makes a living brewing hot tea, coffee, and cocoa beverages for locals, told journalists from a Nigerian newspaper that he saw the light in the sky after morning prayer at the local mosque while preparing to start the day’s work.
What Saidu and hundreds of other villagers, including the Chief Imam of the village mosque, Mallam Shehu Liman, saw was a bright light in the sky and an appearance that the sky above the village was falling to Earth.
According to Saidu, “There appeared a wide, large mass of something that looked like a cloud from nowhere and it was flying slowly over the village just at the height of an average tree. The cloud was transparent and I saw beautiful tall buildings inside it. It was like a flying city. And from it I could hear the sound of machines making noise just as you would hear at Ashaka cement factory.”
Dauda Mohammed, a farmer, also saw the UFO while he was out in the fields. He said he noticed the UFO over the sky and that he was more astonished than scared. He also said he saw buildings in the “floating city” which appeared swathed in clouds.
A 10-year-old boy, Ibrahim, said he saw the “UFO” passing behind a tree and appearing on the other side. The young boy was evidently confused about his perspective view of the extraordinary object because he seemed to think the UFO passed through the trees.
When villagers were asked for their opinion about what they saw, they expressed the view as Muslims that it was act of God.
The Chief Imam of the village, Mallam Shehu Liman, confirmed the sighting. He attributed it to “Allah” and the “Jinns,” a reference to spirits in Islamic and Arabic folklore.
“We believe that maybe Allah used those sightings to open our eyes to see how Jinns (spirits) live in their own world. Allah is great, and there is nothing he cannot do on earth. Exactly two weeks after appearing in our village, that flying object visited again at the same exact time, and stayed in the sky roving around the village for almost an hour before it went away. We are happy because it shows we are special village; other towns around were not even given that privilege.”
What Saidu and other villagers described as a “floating city” would be considered a UFO sighting, an alien spacecraft or flying saucer in the West. But from the cultural perspective of Saidu and other villages, it looked like a city descending from the skies over their village, in a manner reminiscent of the biblical passage, Revelation 21:2.
“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”
The New Testament visionary probably also saw a “UFO.”
Of course, no one would have believed the story if only Saidu had witnessed it. Many would have thought he had been “smoking something.” But practically everyone in the village reported seeing the “flying city” descending from the sky.
Yau Kaugama, a political official of the local government area, commented, “We believe it is a sign in time to come something great will come out that small village. Something like a great invention, that will affect the life of mankind.”
“This sounds like a ‘fata morgana’ mirage to me, although I have no idea whether the meteorologic conditions at the time and place would have supported that. Brian Dunning has described the effect several times on Skeptoid and there’s a description that starts out talking about ‘castles in the air’ which sounds a lot like what these folks described. Interesting in any case.”