President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated all Nigerian pilgrims of 2019 for the successful completion of their Hajj rites and the Eid-el-Kabeer celebrations.
Buhari also condoles with families, government, pilgrims and Hajj officials for the death of some pilgrims in this year’s exercise.
GISTOK recalls that the state of Lagos, Amirul Hajj, Dr. AbdulLateef AbdulHakeem, confirmed on Sunday the death of a state pilgrim, who collapsed and died early on Sunday.
The deceased, identified as Alhaja Folashade Lawal, from the Oshodi local government area of Lagos state, died while heading to Jumarat to perform one of the Islamic rites, throwing stones at 3.
The President of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad, said this, as he represented the President on occasion in Muna on Monday.
The President asked the pilgrims to intensify the prayers for Nigeria to overcome all its socioeconomic, political and security challenges, reports NAN.
In his welcome speech, the President of the Welfare Board of the Muslim Pilgrims of the State of Kano, Shaykh Abdullahi Pakistan and the Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Danbatta, expressed their happiness for NAHCON’s performance in Hajj this year.
In particular, they praised NAHCON for its efforts to satisfy the yearnings and aspirations of pilgrims from the state of Kano in the areas of accommodation, transportation, and other facilities to facilitate their rites of Hajj.
The officials also praised the conduct of the pilgrims from the state of Kano and pledged to ensure that the pilgrims maintained the highest moral standards.
The President’s team, which is expected to surround pilgrims in about 24 states, also visited the countries of Taraba and Yobe. GISTOK reported that so far Nigerian pilgrims who died while doing Hajj 2019 in Saudi Arabia have increased to nine.