No, it is not a crime, neither is it unholy to be pregnant.

Sometimes you must make unpopular decisions for the good of the society.

This is where the Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board found itself regarding three pregnant women who were planning to perform the 2017 pilgrimage.

They were disqualified after undergoing the mandatory medical screening in the state.

“The exclusion of the three pregnant women detected after the medical screening of the intending pilgrims is not punitive, but to safeguard their health and that of the babies”, Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Mohammed Tunde-Jimoh said.

Tunde-Jimoh said those confirmed with minor ailments will be allowed to carry their approved prescribed drugs to the holy land.

He warned the intending pilgrims not to engage in drug trafficking and other negative tendencies capable of tarnishing the image of the country.

NAN reports that the board had begun distribution of bags, clothing and other essential materials to the intending pilgrims ahead of the state inaugural flight on Thursday.

A total of 1,465 intending pilgrims from the state have been medically certified for the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and the disqualified women have been notified.