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Anambra: Muslim Council Protest Exclusion From Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board

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The Anambra State Muslim Council had called for dissolution of the State Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board, accusing officials of the board of corrupt practices.

This was contained in a Sallah address presented by a senior member of the Council and Sariki Hausa Onitsha, Alhaji Iliyasu Yushau to Governor Peter Obi during their homage to the governor in Awka yesterday. He complained that no member of the muslim community was incorporated into the board.

Alhaji Yushau alleged that Hajj slots in the state were not only sold at high costs but diverted to intending pilgrims in other states.  

The Council therefore appealed to Governor Obi not to delay in reconstituting the State Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board with competent and active leadership, alleging that the tenure of present board had since elapsed. 

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Governor Peter Obi expressed surprise that no member of the State Muslim Council was incorporated into the State Pilgrim Welfare Board and that Muslims from other states were benefitting from Hajj trips being sponsored by the Anambra State Government.

The Governor promised to correct the anomaly with the necessary attention it deserves. 

He appealed to Muslim community in the state to remain peaceful, law-abiding, and to always support the developmental programmes of his administration, emphasizing that no tribe or religion would be discriminated against in the state.

The delegation said special prayers for peace and prosperity of Anambra State and Nigeria in general during the visit.

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