PRESIDENT BUHARI SADDENED BY HUGE LOSS OF LIVES IN MINA, URGES SAUDIS TO IDENTIFY AND CORRECT FLAWS IN HAJJ ORGANISATION

President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply saddened by
the colossal calamity which occurred yesterday in the
Saudi Arabia, claiming the lives of hundreds of
pilgrims, including some Nigerians.
President Buhari believes that the stampede at Mina in
which a notable Nigerian Journalist, Hajiya Bilkisu
Yusuf, Prof. Tijjani El-Miskin and others lost their lives
is a monumental tragedy, not only for citizens of the
countries involved, but for the global Islamic
community.
The President extends sincerest condolences to the
families of the over 700 pilgrims who lost their lives in
this latest disaster in the Holy Places which occurred
less than two weeks after a crane collapse in Mecca
claimed more than a hundred lives.
President Buhari commiserates with the Nigerian Guild
of Editors and the Nigerian Union of Journalists on the
sad loss of Hajiya Bilkisu, an exemplary, dedicated,
knowledgeable, very credible, highly-respected,
outstanding editor and columnist who, even in death,
will remain a glittering role model for journalists, within
and outside Nigeria.
The President has taken note of the assurance by the
Government of Saudi Arabia that Thursday’s
catastrophe will be investigated and urges King
Salman to ensure a comprehensive and thorough
exercise that will identify any flaws in Hajj
organisation with a view to avoiding a recurrence of
such tragedies during the annual pilgrimage.
In the knowledge that it is not within our powers to
question the will of God, President Buhari prays that
Almighty Allah will comfort the families who lost their
beloved ones in the stampede and receive the souls of
all those who died in the Holy Land while fulfilling the
religious obligation of the Hajj.
Garba Shehu
SSA to the President
(Media & Publicity)

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