The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has summoned the state Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board to appear before the house on Monday, September 15, over allegations of misconduct and “politicization” of Hajj seats.
The House took the decision after deliberating a motion under matters of public interest moved by Aliyu Umar (PDP-Awe South), chairman house committee on pilgrimage matters during proceedings in Lafia.
Mr. Umar said the activities of the chairman of the board, Sani Bawa, and his members would create confusion if left unchecked.
Mr. Umar said the chairman had politicised the activities of the board which were supposed to be part of a religious obligation not party affairs.
“I want to draw your attention to a sensitive issues affecting not only the members but the entire state. It is uncalled-for and unfortunate that the state government and the Muslims Welfare Board is politicising the activities of the board,” Mr. Umar said.
“Some of our colleagues who paid money for the 2014 Hajj, after their payment, their candidates’ names have been rejected by the board.
“Not only the members candidates’ names; even the citizens of Nasarawa State have been complaining that their names have been replaced with Non indigenes from Kano, Sokoto.
“For example the names of the people in which deputy majority leader of the house, Mr. Yahaya Usman sponsored, the board asked our member to go and collect his money after payment,” he alleged.
Mr. Umar called on his colleagues to support his motion to enable the chairman and others members of the board to appear before the house to explain their action to the people of the state.
Abdulkarim Usman (PDP-Wamba) seconded the motion and called on the state government and the board to immediately address the issue in the interest of peace and development of the state.
He said that the board was supposed to preach moral values but was engaging in acts capable of causing disunity among the people in the state.
Also contributing, Mohammed Baba-Ibaku (PDP-Udege), Muluku Ibrahim (PDP-Nassarawa Eggon East), Francis Orugu (PDP-Keana) Danladi Jatau (PDP-Kokona West) advised the board not to politicise the activities of the board in the interest of peace.
The house unanimously agreed for the appearance of the board chairman and his members to explain why he denied members’ candidates their right to perform Hajj after payments had been made.
Elisha Agwadu (PDP-Obi11), deputy speaker of the house, who presided over the plenary, directed the clerk of the house to communicate the resolution of the house to the board chairman and his members for their appearance on Monday, September 15.