Friday, September 25, 2015

Hajj Tragedy: Buhari Demands Comprehensive Probe

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he is deeply saddened by the colossal calamity which occurred Thursday in 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,” presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said in a statement.

Mr. Shehu added, “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.”


  1. Probe of what again Buhari? Face ur front biko

    1. So do they all have to go at one time, why can't Saudi Arabia spread the is hajj rituals over the course of 12mths so everyone has a better chance of not being trampled? Then it should be limited to only twice in a lifetime. The world's population is growing. How are they going to accommodate people in future? Why can't people do the stoning electronically like via Skype so everyone dont have to be there at once? They have to be creative about this evil devil that doesn't like to be stoned taking innocent lives unneccesarily.

  2. But, why will someone who is not strong enough be in a very crowdy place where the tendency of stampede happening is vry high!.
    May the souls of the dead r.i.p sha

  3. RIP! God was angry but innocent people had to die too. Too much bad things in the holy Land e.g. Nigerian and Ghanaian prostitues this year and an Arab prince died of heart attack.