Kano directs female pilgrims to complete pregnancy test or forfeit trip

The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board on Sunday issued a four-day ultimatum to intending female pilgrims who had not undergone pregnancy test to do so or forfeit their Hajj seats.

The Public Relations Officer of the board, Nuhu Badamasi, gave the ultimatum in an interview in Kano.

Mr. Badamasi said any intending female pilgrims, who failed to undergo the test, would not perform the 2014 pilgrimage.

“There are about 60 female pilgrims who for one reason or the other did not attend the test at the hajj camp.

“The board has given them four days from August 25 to August 28 to go to Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital for the test.

“They have to pay a token fee of N1, 000 now because the one we conducted at the hajj camp was free,” he said.

He said the warning became necessary to avoid embarrassment because the board had taken all measures to stop pregnant women from performing the 2014 hajj.

The board had directed the intending pilgrims to attend medical and pregnancy tests at the hajj camp.

While male intending pilgrims were directed to attend medical test, the female counterpart were directed to undergo both medical and pregnancy tests.



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  • BoT

    Nice one…we shall heed your timely admonition

  • Ogom

    Buhari is a “public servant”, correct.
    However, we are not his “master”.

    This is a distorted way of looking at the relationship. This is why Nigerians are always rude to waiters in restaurants and we barely have a service industry.

    “If you have been sent to SERVE me, I must be the MASTER!”

    • Africa Unite!

      You are a genuine human being. Respect.

    • Basketmouth

      You have spoken well. If someone is elected to serve, that does not turn him to my servant and that was why the language ‘public servant was employed’. He is accountable to the collective will of the people. It is not a license to order him around and also the aspiration of individual both ethnic and religious are going to be different at all times. Therefore an elected official have to do what is right to coherently manage the varying aspiration of the people by optimally managing the resources of the state to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of the people. Calling him Baba or Daddy or other nomenclature for that matter does not diminish his role as a leader of the people. The first among equals.

      • aisha ani

        That is why some of them are always beating up their maids and drivers, forgetting that they are employees.

        • Wise Head

          Your answer shows you did not even understand the essay

      • Wise Head

        I don’t think you understand the meaning and essence of democratic rule. Go to advanced democracies and see what is happening. At nearly 70, Hillary Clinton who is running for president can be interrupted by a 7-year old boy to ask a question. If she dares answer him rudely, that is end of her presidential ambition

  • Francis Abagi

    Excellent write up. The problem is that Nigerians are so used to worshipping money and power.

  • Bala

    “This president must be challenged and compelled to fulfill all the electoral promises he made before Nigerians defied the elements to give him over 15million votes.” Hmmm l love this!


    Why you narrowed your thinking??? the literal meaning of the word ‘Baba’ in Hausa language and othe languages in the world like Malay, Turkish, Arabic to mention just a few means biological father, but analogically we in northern part of Nigeria used to call our fathers mate with the name because we consider them as our extended parents, more so we called our fathers name sake with baba just to show respect to our fathers, there are numerous examples, but to cut it short General Muhammadu Buhari deserved to call Baba at the age of 72, dont you think he’s old enough to born you? sai baba Buhari

    • Wise Head

      If he wants to be “father”, he should go to his house and act that. He is the president, our employee, so, we must look him in the face and demand accountability from him.

  • Spice

    Well said!

  • aisha ani

    Sounds like a personal problem. Ms Obasanjo administration, peoples Democratic Party!

  • hyperbole123

    we have every right – ok , as his ‘master’ and he our ‘servant’ if that makes your day – to call him ANYTHING WE WANT. and for now we’ve chosen to revere him, to support him, to respect him… to call him Baba. we don’t need lectures from haters. and we would not be unruly. just watch us grow under his tutelage

    • Wise Head

      Your type with your type of reasoning is why Nigeria will lag behind other small countries for sometime more. Speak for yourself, who are the “we”?

      • hyperbole123

        because people like you are not used to living communally, but as wild monkeys on trees in the forest, you can never understand the ‘we’. you’re a tearaway, a rebel, set for his own destruction. very son you will see the manifestation of your own primitiveness. and you will say hyperbole told you