Abuja - The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)
on Monday in Abuja called for a thorough investigation into the two major
incidents that led to fatalities during the 2015 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
This is contained in a statement signed by NLC President
Ayuba Wabba, while commiserating with the families of the 767 Muslim faithful
who died in a stampede on the way to Jamrat Complex (Stoning Site) in Mina,
"In order for transparency and re-assurance, we urge that
countries whose citizens perished in the two incidents be made members of the
body of inquiry.
"But most importantly, perhaps, time has come for the Saudi
authorities to review their crowd control management techniques and
administration of the Hajj generally.
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"Our special condolences go to the families and loved ones
of 54 Nigerians who were among the dead. We pray for the repose and admission
of their souls to heaven.
"As painful as this incident is, we believe it is
predestined. Accordingly, the victims should be seen as martyrs who gave up
their lives in worship,'' Wabba said in the statement.
He advised that the 805 injured among whom were 61
Nigerians, be given urgent and best medical attention.
He acknowledged that managing a mammoth crowd, sometimes in
excess of two million people during every annual pilgrimage, was no mean task,
for which the Saudi authorities deserved commendation.
The NLC President, however, noted with over 1,200 deaths,
including those who died in the crane collapse, the 2015 Hajj ranked among the
most eventful in recorded history of Hajj.
"We are shocked and completely at a loss by the extent of
the losses this year.
"That is why we are calling for a thorough investigation of
the two major incidents that led to these deaths, '' he added.