The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, says the number of Nigerian pilgrims who died while performing the 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia has risen to nine.
The chairman of the national hajj commission Dr Ibrahim Kana stated this in Muna on Monday while briefing journalists on the activities of the medical team of NAHCON for the pilgrims.
He said, one of “The deceased, a Lagos State pilgrim, collapsed at Jamrat and was brought to hospital in Muna but died while receiving treatment, she was hypertensive.” identified the deceased as Alhaja Folashade Lawal
He said the deceased hailed from Oshodi Local Government Area of the state, saying she slumped at 3am while heading for Jamrat to throw stones at the devil.
Throwing stones at the ‘devil’ is one of the Islamic rites towards an acceptable Hajj.
Kana said NAHCON opened 21 field offices in Muna with adequate drugs and ambulances.
A NAN correspondent, who visited the Nigerian camp in Muna, reported that many pilgrims, mostly women, were seen buying women’s wear and other gift items they claimed were meant for their families and friends at home.
The pilgrims, who will spend three days to accomplish religious rites in Muna, are expected to move to the Grand Mosque, Makkah on Tuesday to complete the remaining rites to ensure an acceptable hajj.
Meanwhile the Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal has given Sallah gifts worth N70m to 3,496 pilgrims currently performing the 2019 hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
The deputy governor Manir Daniya in an electronic message through his director of press Aminu Abubakar said, “His Excellency the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has graciously approved a token gift of R200 Saudi Riyals, equivalent of N24,000 each to the 3,496 pilgrims from Sokoto as Sallah gift to ease their stay in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
“This gesture is to ease the financial difficulties of the pilgrims who are in need of additional funds to eat and transport themselves to religious sites. This is also done in continuation of the tradition of the Sokoto State Government to its pilgrims each year.”
He also enjoined them to pray for continued harmony, peace and tranquility in the state in particular and in Nigeria in general.
He said all arrangements were on top gear to commence the airlift of pilgrims back home.