The Sokoto State government yesterday held special prayer for repose of the souls of the more than 1,000 pilgrims that died in a stampede in Mina, Mecca, while they were performing the ritual of throwing stone at Satan.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who announced the special prayer at visit to Jamali village in Binji Local Government Area, the worst hit by the stampede, assured that all Nigerians who went to this year’s hajj would be accounted for.
Waziri, who also paid similar visit to some of the affected families at Illela, Binji and Wammakko LGA of the State, used the occasion to express shock over the death toll and assured anxious families that the Nigerian Hajj officials were working round the clock to account for pilgrims noting that all victims will be properly identified and documented.
“The areas worst hit and mostly affected in Sokoto by the incident are: Illela, Binji and Wamakko local government areas of the state,” Tambuwal said adding that the government was still collating the number of pilgrims who died, suffered injuries or classified as missing.
He announced that as soon as the collation is completed, his administration would assist the families in the best way possible.
The Governor appealed to the people to exercise more patience, adding that many of those earlier thought dead, have been sighted receiving treatment in hospitals in Saudi Arabia.
“As Muslims, we are encouraged to defer to God at all times. In this our difficult period, we’ll organise prayers for our country men and women for God to heal the injured, bless the dead and bring the missing back to us in good.”

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