3 October 2017
By James Ojo
Bauchi State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board on Monday explained why a female pilgrim from the state was left behind in Saudi Arabia because she lost her passport.
Addressing newsmen in Bauchi after the arrival of the last flight that brought back the pilgrims, Executive Secretary of the Board, Abdullahi Hardawa disclosed the unnamed pilgrim was from Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state.
“All pilgrims are back to the country, except one woman that lost her Passport; we left her behind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia because she lost her Passport,” he said.
He, however, stated that plans are ongoing by Nigerian officials in Saudi Arabia to process a new passport to enable the pilgrim return home.
Hardawa described the exercise as “generally a success”, and attributed that to the full support and total commitment of the Bauchi State Government.
In his remark, Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Adamu, lauded pilgrims from the country for exhibiting good conduct throughout their stay in the Holy land.
He went on to commend the state pilgrims welfare boards for their support to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria during the pilgrimage, and described the 2017 pilgrimage as a “huge success”.
On his part, Chairman, Bauchi State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board, Ibrahim Jahun, commended officials, sponsored by the state government for what he described as “total commitment” to assigned responsibilities”.