The Federal Government of Nigeria, led by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday called on the Saudi Arabian King, Salman to make sure that a detailed and thorough investigation that would identify any flaws in Hajj organisation with the intention of avoiding a repeat of such tragedies during the annual pilgrimage is carried out.

 

Buhari in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu argued that he was deeply saddened by the colossal calamity which took place on Thursday in Saudi Arabia.

 

The President maintained that the stampede at Mina where a prominent Nigerian journalist, Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf, Prof. Tijjani El-Miskin and others lost their lives was a monumental tragedy, not only for citizens of the countries involved, but for the global Islamic community.

 

Buhari specifically condoled with the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) over the death of Hajiya Bilkisu who he described as an exemplary, dedicated, knowledgeable, very credible, highly-respected, outstanding editor and columnist.

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