President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the stampede at Mina, which occurred on Thursday, September 24, in the Saudi Arabia, claiming the lives of hundreds of pilgrims.
The Nation reports that the president extended condolences to the families of the over 700 pilgrims who lost their lives in a horrible disaster.
In a statement issued by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari noted that the stampede at Mina is a monumental tragedy, not only for citizens of the countries involved, but for the global Islamic community.
The president commiserated with the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Nigerian Union of Journalists on the sad loss of a notable Nigerian journalist Hajiya Bilkisu.
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Buhari described him as “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,” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has also sympathized with the Muslim community worldwide over the recent tragedy.
The party called on all Nigerians to pray for the repose of the souls of the departed and for speedy recovery for those wounded in the stampede.