Buhari has urged Saudi Arabia’s King, Salman to ensure a comprehensive and thorough investigations to identify flaws in Hajj organization with a view to avoiding a recurrence of the stampede that occurred in Mina on Thursday.
Saudi emergency personnel stand near bodies of Hajj pilgrims at the site where at least 717 were killed and hundreds wounded in a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, at the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015. The stampede, the second deadly accident to strike the pilgrims this year, broke out during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual, the Saudi civil defence service
A statement from the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu stated that President Buhari stated that though no one can question God, it was still within the human measure to take steps to ensure that such tragedies be prevented.
The president however extended his sympathy to families of the bereaved and prayed God to accept the souls of the departed.
The statement reads in parts: “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.”
“He also 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.”