Katsina govt, op­po­si­tion dis­agree over pil­grims protest

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the Katsina State Pil­grims Wel­fare Board, Muham­mad Abu Rimi, has blamed the op­po­si­tion be­hind a protest over de­lay in the 4th flight of in­tend­ing pil­grims from the state.

But the op­po­si­tion Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) dis­tanced it­self from the protest, say­ing that it was a clear sign of fail­ure on the part of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC).

Pil­grims on the 4th flight had al­leged go­ing through un­due hard­ship of sleep­ing on the floor fol­low­ing the de­lay at the air­port.

Speak­ing on the mat­ter, Rimi said the op­po­si­tion in­sti­gated the pil­grims by dish­ing out ru­mours to them. “They took to the so­cial me­dia to say so many un­print­able and un­nec­es­sary things,” he said.

How­ever, the PDP chair­man in Katsina State Sal­isu Ma­ji­giri said it was re­gret­table that the APC could not han­dle 4,000 pil­grims, adding that this was among the many fail­ures an­tic­i­pated and peo­ple should ex­pect more.

About 237 of­fi­cials are ac­com­pa­ny­ing the 4,930 state pil­grims. Al­ready 2,086 have been air­lifted with the fifth flight sched­uled for to­day.

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