Saudi Pilgrims’ deportation: Plateau official seeks concessions

FILE PHOTO: Many deportees went to Saudi Arabia as pilgrims

As more Nigerian women pilgrims are deported from Saudi-Arabia, a pilgrim official has suggested that authorities in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia work out laws to accommodate elderly women who have lost their husbands.

“The laws should also work out ways to accommodate rich women who are capable of sponsoring themselves to the Holy Land without depending on any man as guide,” the Executive Secretary, Plateau Pilgrims Welfare Board, Salisu Musa, said in Jos on Thursday.

Mr. Musa, was reacting to the deportation of the women from Saudi Arabia, over the lack of male guides to the Holy Land. He said such agreement is necessary to avoid a repeat of the embarrassment, and trauma the women had been subjected to.

Mr. Musa suggested that the Saudi Arabian government accepts the individual State Muslim Welfare Board as the trusted contingents to protect the women, during the Hajj, as has always been the practice.

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