World Bulletin / News Desk
Saudi authorities have deported 150 female Nigerian pilgrims and detained another 1,000 because they came unaccompanied by men, Nigeria's government announced on Wednesday.
Mohammed Bello, chairman of Nigeria's national haj, or Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, said 150 women on one flight had been stopped at the airport for "lack of ... lawful male accompanying pilgrim".
"This ugly development continued with subsequent flights that arrived at the kingdom," he said, adding that 1,000 were still being held at the airport in Jeddah.
Women in Saudi Arabia require the permission of their guardian - father, brother, or husband - to leave the country.
Nigeria has some 80 million Muslims.
A group of the women arrived in tears back at Nigeria's airport in Kano, the largely Muslim north's biggest city.
"We were not given water to drink; there was no food for us and we remained glued on our seats in our aircraft for all those hours," said Hajia Amina Musa, as she broke down and wept.
Nigeria's parliament resolved to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia to "interface with the Saudi authorities over the issues surrounding the detained Nigerian female pilgrims".
Alhaji Laminu Rabi'u, head of the Kano Pilgrims Board, described the deportations as "condemnable".
All Muslims who are able are required to perform the haj at least once, as one of the five pillars of Islam.
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