Birnin Kebbi - Eleven pilgrims from Kebbi state died while performing the 2015 pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Samaila Mera, the Emir of Argungu, has said.
Mera, who is also the chairman, Kebbi State 2015 Hajj committee, made the statement on Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi when he presented the report of the committee to Governor Atiku Bagudu.
He said that the committee discovered that eight out of the 11 pilgrims who died were pilgrims transported from Kebbi, while the other three were indigenes of the state who travelled through other states.
In his response, Governor Atiku Bagudu commended the committee for the role it played during the pilgrimage.
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He gave assurance that the families of the deceased would be supported by the government.
Bagudu urged the Saudi authorities to expand the scope of their operations during Hajj to avert death of pilgrims in future.
"Muslims all over the world respect Saudi Arabia as the sole organiser of the annual Hajj and more efforts should be put to avert re-ocurrence of such an incident," he said.
He prayed Allah to grant the deceased Aljannatul Firdausi as their abode.
The governor also pleaded that Allah would give the deceased’s families the fortitude to bear the loss of their loved ones.