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