Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara on Thursday described as unfortunate, the death of scores of pilgrims in a stampede in Mina, Mecca
In a condolence message to the Muslim community by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker described the stampede as unfortunate.
Dogara said: “I am deeply touched by the tragic incidence in Mecca during the symbolic stoning of satan by pilgrims, which is the second such incidence in this year’s Hajj.
“My special condolence goes to families of Nigerian pilgrims who lost their lives in the stampede and the Nigerian Muslim faithful at large.
“I call on Saudi authorities to conduct thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate death of hundreds of pilgrims including Nigerians and take necessary measures to avert future occurrence.
“I also pray God to grant the families of the victims the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and quick recovery to the injured”.