Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, MMWG, has advised the federal government to take a holistic look at the sad stampede incidence in Saudi Arabia and partner with Saudi government to find a lasting solution to occasional loss of lives at Hajj.
It added in a statement signed yesterday by its coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, that “while believing sincerely that crowd-control is not an easy task, authorities in Saudi Arabia ought to have by now perfected their arrangements by preventing security breakdown that could lead to casualty recorded by most Nations that came with the large number of pilgrims during this year Hajj.
“MMWG commends the National Hajj Commission, NAHCON, for rising to the challenge posed by the two unfortunate incidents in Saudi Arabia. NAHCON also put the best transportation arrangement in place for pilgrims in the holy land with the commission’s chairman, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar, leading and supervising Tarraduddiyyah Committee charged with transportation.
“This led to smooth evacuation of pilgrims to Muna, Arafat and Muzadhalifa – and back to Makkah, a situation that had been difficult to tackle in the past.
“NAHCON also put the best medical care in place this year for pilgrims in Makkah, Madina, Muna and Arafat, with over 95 medical doctors and over 200 supporting medical personnel, and all of them assisted in the treatment of the injured in the two unfortunate incidents that occurred in Saudi Arabia: thereby reducing the death toll of Nigerian pilgrims in the holy land.”
The group further stressed that “the commission also added new dimension to pilgrims enlightenment this year with visits to several locations of Nigerian pilgrims in Makkah preparatory to Arafat Day to educate them, thereby improving on the past records for smooth Hajj Operation.
“We salute the courage and commitment of National Hajj Commission and urge the chairman and its members not to relent in their efforts.
“On the unfortunate incidents, MMWG believes that they were acts of God which were beyond human knowledge. Suffice to say, however, that Allah’s destiny on his creatures can never be changed.
“May Allah reward the dead pilgrims with paradise and cater for the dependants they left behind.”

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