Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered the National Hajj Commission and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to urgently account for all Nigerian pilgrims in the holy land.
The order which was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, was as a result of the last Thursday’s stampede at Mina which claimed over 700 lives.
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Shehu explained that the presidential order was necessitated by the conflicting reports on the number of Nigerians who died or suffered injuries in the disaster.
He said the President was concerned that days after the incident, some Nigerian families were still grappling with painful uncertainty over the fate of their relatives who traveled to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj.
- News 24