SAD: NAHCON Says 43 Still Missing From Hajj Stampede

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has revealed that 280 Pilgrims died in the Hajj stampede, while 43 are still missing.


This was contained in a report submitted to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, by its  chairman, Abdullahi Mohammed.

The NAHCON chairman described the 2015 Hajj as the most eventful in the history of Hajj operations in Nigeria.

In his words “Nigeria recorded a total of 280 deaths from both events, while 43 are considered missing as their status have yet to be ascertained.”


While receiving the report, the deputy director of press in the office of the SGF, Bolaji Adebiyi, commended the commission for giving the government accurate and up to date feedback on what happened during the 2015 Hajj.

In reaction to this, the secretary-general of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, blamed the sad incident on poor planning.

He said  “I am not sure that in the two incidents that we cannot find any evidence of lack of preparation and lack of adequate provision for saving the lives of pilgrims. I am aware that Saudi Arabia is doing a fantastic job in terms of providing infrastructure but I also believe that (probably due to diversion of the limited resources and human resources they have), I want to believe that sufficient arrangement had not been made for the security of pilgrims.”

Meanwhile, governor from state.

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