President Buhari has called on the National Hajj Commission
and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi
Arabia to immediately account for the
Nigerian pilgrims in the aftermath of
last Thursday’s disaster at Mina, following conflicting reports on the exact number of Nigerian pilgrims that died or suffered injuries in the catastrophe.
According to the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity Garba Shehu “President Buhari is very concerned that days after the unfortunate incident, some Nigerian families are still grappling with painful uncertainty over the fate of their relatives who travelled to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj,”
Mr. Shehu added, “The President
expects the National Hajj Commission
to work with the various state pilgrim
boards, Islamic organisations and
private travel agencies involved in
Hajj operations to speedily provide a
confirmed and verifiable report on the
status of every Nigerian pilgrim in
“President Buhari has also directed the
Hajj Commission, the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian
Embassy in Saudi Arabia to give all
necessary assistance to Nigerians who
are still receiving treatment for injuries
suffered in Mina.
“He continues to pray that Almighty
Allah will receive the souls of the dead,
comfort bereaved families, heal the
injured and bring all surviving
Nigerian pilgrims safely home.”
The chairman of the National Hajj Commission, Abdullahi Mukhtar, had put the numbers of Nigerians, who died in the stampede, at 54 this morning.
He confirmed that the dead are from Bauchi, Borno, Cross Rivers, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, and Nasarawa states.
Others are from Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara states.
However, according to Mr. Muktar some pilgrims are still missing meaning the numbers of the casualties may rise.