President Buhari expressed sadness over the colossal calamity that occurred in Mecca , Saudi Arabia where over 700 pilgrims died.
President Buhari said the stampede that occured in Mina in which a notable Nigerian Journalist, Hajiya Biliksu Yusuf, Prof. Tijjani El-Miskin and others lost their lives is a monumental tragedy, not only for citizens of the countries involved , but for the global Islamic community.
He also commiserated with the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Nigerian Union of Journalists on the sad loss of Hajiya Biliksu, an exemplary, dedicated, knowledgeable, very credible, highly-respected, outstanding editor and columnist who even in death, will remain a glittering role model for journalists, within and outside Nigeria.
The statement reads further “ The President has taken note of the assurance by the Government of Saudi Arabia that Thursday’s catastrophe will be investigated and urges King Salman to ensure a comprehensive and thorough exercise that will identify any flaws in Hajj organisation with a view to avoiding a recurrence of such tragedies during the annual pilgrimage”
In the knowledge that it is not within our powers to question the will of God, President Buhari prays that Almighty Allah will comfort the families who lost their beloved ones in the stampede and receive the souls of all those who died in the Holy Land while fulfilling the religious obligation of the Hajj.