Speaker mourns Mecca stampede victims

THE Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara (photo :viewpointng.com)

THE Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara (photo :viewpointng.com)

By AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has condoled with Muslims over the death of scores of pilgrims in a stampede in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The Speaker, in a condolence message to the Muslim community issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, described the stampede as unfortunate.

“I am deeply touched by the tragic incident in Mecca during the symbolic stoning of Satan by pilgrims, which is the second such incidence in this year`s Hajj,” he said.

“My special condolence goes to families
of Nigerian pilgrims who lost their lives in the stampede and the Nigerian Muslim faithfuls at large.”

Dogara called on Saudi authorities to conduct thorough investigations into the circumstances that led to the death of hundreds of pilgrims, including Nigerians, and take necessary measures to avert
future occurrence.

The Speaker also pray God to grant the families of the victims the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and quick recovery to the injured.

More than 700 people were killed.

-CAJ News

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