Hajj stam­pede: Gan­duje, emir weeps over de­ceased pil­grims

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano

Kano State Gover­nor Ab­dul­lahi Umar Gan­duje and Emir of Kano, Malam Muham­madu Sanusi ll, wept over Nige­rian pil­grims who died in the Saudi Ara­bia stam­pede.

The two lead­ers wept dur­ing a spe­cial prayer ses­sion or­ga­nized to usher in the New Is­lamic year and for the re­pose of the pil­grims souls.

The emir said: “So far, 173 Nige­ri­ans have been con­firmed dead while the where­abouts of about 130 are still un­known. How­ever, through the use of DNA sam­ples in due course, some of our peo­ple could still be iden­ti­fied. There­fore, to be pre­cise, over 300 Nige­ri­ans are as­sumed dead.”

Pre­sid­ing over the prayers at the Kano Cen­tral Mosque, Emir Sanusi urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate the tragedy.

He said in­for­ma­tion could be gath­ered from those who sur­vived the in­ci­dent. He also chal­lenged Is­lamic schol­ars to come up with Fatwa that would re­solve is­sues as­so­ci­ated with ston­ing of the Ja­ma­raat.

He fur­ther urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to dis­cuss with Saudi author­i­ties the is­sue of sta­tion­ing Nige­rian pil­grims at the bound­ary of Mina and Mus­dal­i­fah dur­ing pil­grim­age.

The emir called on the state gov­ern­ment to di­rect its Pil­grims Wel­fare Board to com­mence prepa­ra­tion to se­cure ac­com­mo­da­tion close to the Holy Mosque for its pil­grims as soon as pos­si­ble.

In his re­marks, Gover­nor Ab­dul­lahi Umar Gan­duje, who could not hold back his tears prayed Al­lah to al­low peace to reign in the state and the na­tion at large.

The prayer ses­sion was at­tended by top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, tra­di­tional rulers, imams, Is­lamic schol­ars and mem­bers of the Kano busi­ness com­mu­nity.

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