President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to account for all Nigerian pilgrims in the aftermath of last Thursday’s stampede at Mina.
The President’s directive conveyed in a press statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu follows conflicting reports on the number Nigerians who died or suffered injuries in the incident.
“President Buhari is very concerned that days after the unfortunate incident, some Nigerian families are still grappling with painful uncertainty over the fate of their relatives who traveled to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj.
The President expects the National Hajj Commission to work with the various state pilgrim boards, Islamic organisations and private travel agencies involved in Hajj operations to speedily provide a confirmed and verifiable report on the status of every Nigerian pilgrim in Saudi Arabia,” the statement read in part.
President Buhari also directed the Hajj Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to give all necessary assistance to Nigerians who are still receiving treatment for injuries suffered in Mina.


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