3 dis­qual­i­fied over preg­nancy as Kwara air­lifts pil­grims Thurs­day

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

Few days to the air­lift­ing of the first batch of 2017 in­tend­ing pil­grims from Kwara State, the state Mus­lim Pil­grims Wel­fare Board has dis­qual­i­fied three from par­tic­i­pat­ing be­cause they are preg­nant.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the Board, Al­haji Mo­hammed Tunde-Ji­moh, told our cor­re­spon­dent yes­ter­day that the three ex­pec­tant moth­ers were de­tected on the re­lease of the com­pre­hen­sive re­sult of the just con­cluded med­i­cal screen­ing of all the in­tend­ing pil­grims.

“The ex­clu­sion of the three preg­nant women is not puni­tive, but to safe­guard their health and that of the ba­bies,” he said

On a sep­a­rate oc­ca­sion, the ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary said the first batch of in­tend­ing pil­grims for the 2017 Hajj from the state would be air­lifted to Saudi Ara­bia on Thurs­day.

Speak­ing with jour­nal­ists dur­ing the fi­nal sen­si­ti­za­tion pro­gramme for the in­tend­ing pil­grims, the ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary said all ar­range­ment had been per­fected to en­sure a suc­cess­ful trip.

He said all the pil­grims would be first trans­ported to Mad­i­nah where they would spend a week be­fore mov­ing to Makkah.

In his re­mark, an Ilor­in­based Is­lamic scholar, Imam Ab­dul­rasak Ad­u­agba called for co­op­er­a­tion among the in­tend­ing pil­grims for a suc­cess­ful ex­er­cise. Ad­u­agba who is one of the mem­bers of the 2017 Hajj Com­mit­tee, charged them to be good am­bas­sadors of the state and Nige­ria.

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