BY WAHAB ABDULLAH
Alif-Lam Islamic organisation, has appealed to the Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to immediately reconstitute the Pilgrims’ Welfare Board (Muslim Wing) in the interest of Islam and religion.
The organisation’s chairman, Alhaji Lukmon Adesokan and secretary, Lawal Adeosun in a statement in Ibadan said the failure of the governor to inaugurate the board would not augur well for the development of Islam in the state.
The organisation noted that leaving day- to- day running of the board to some people will not augur well for the Muslims and Islam.
While noting that the Christian Wing was still in operation, it warned that the absence of properly constituted would no doubt affect this year’s hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia.
“Imagine now that the hajj exercise is yet to commence, it has been hijacked by suspended agents who now charge above normal fee.
“As a result many of the intending pilgrims may be denied the opportunity of performing this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia,” the organisation said.
Meanwhile some intending Muslims to this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia have condemned the arbitrary increase in the price of seat by the Oyo State Pilgrims’ Welfare Board (Muslim Wing).
The organisation noted that the inability of the governor to inaugurate the board may affect the second ambition of the governor, saying that if inaugurated, members of the board will have, apart from supporting the governor, they will also campaign for him.
“If the governor feel that the former board did not perform, he should not hesitate to inaugurate new members into the board in the interest of Islam.
“There is no doubt that non-existence of board will adversely affect this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia. So the governor has to do something before it goes out of hand,” the group said.
It abhored the lack of unity among religious leaders and organisations in the state, saying that they have failed in their responsibility to ensure that the board was reconstituted.
The group said that it was unfortunate that most of the leaders and organisations have been going to the governor for their own selfish interests rather than that of the board.
Also, some of the intending pilgrims, Alhaji Taofeek Adeosun and Alfa Jubril Lawal have protested against the hike in the price of seat by the office.
They said that the failure of the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to inaugurate the new board had been responsible for the illegal increase in the price of the seats.
The group explained that the situation had also allowed the banned agents to return to the board.
According to them, the agents who were banned by the former board now have the backing of the career officers.
“The agents now connived with the career officers to sell form at the high price. The agents will buy form from the board at N750,000 including Basic Travelling Allowance BTA) and resell to the intending pilgrims at N1.2million excluding BTA,” it said.