No C/River pil­grim died in S/Ara­bia – Of­fi­cial

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

Head of Is­lamic Af­fairs in Cross River State Depart­ment of Re­li­gious Mat­ters, and co­or­di­na­tor of the 2015 Hajj oper­a­tions from the state, Mal­lam Bello Audu, said at the week­end that none of its 37 pil­grims died in Saudi Ara­bia.

Audu, who un­til re­cently was the act­ing sec­re­tary of the state Mus­lim Pil­grims Wel­fare Board, said he was in touch with the 37 pil­grims in the holy land and that “they are hale and hearty.” Speak­ing with jour­nal­ists, he said the pil­grims would soon re­turn to the coun­try.

“We give glory to Almighty Al­lah that no pil­grim from the state died or sus­tained in­juries. We also give thanks to our state gover­nor, Ben Ayade, for his sup­port.

“We re­gret the loss of lives at Ja­ma­rat, and con­dole with af­fected per­sons and their fam­i­lies. May Almighty Al­lah grant the dead Al­jana Fir­daus and their fam­i­lies for­ti­tude to bear the loss,” he said.

Photo: Felix Onig­binde.

From left: For­mer Min­is­ter of Youth Af­fairs, Mr. Inuwa Ab­dulka­dir; Se­nior Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent on Na­tional Assem­bly (House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives), Suleiman Kawu and Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment, (SGF), Mr Babachir David Lawal af­ter a meet­ing with the Pres­i­dent Buhari at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa Abuja re­cently.

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