A total of 19 pilgrims have so far died in the holy land during the ongoing since the beginning of the hajj exercise.
The Nigerian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Abdullahi Garba Aminci, who revealed this yesterday, sympathized with the relatives of the deceased and the states concerned and prayed that Almighty Alllah give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
He expressed hope that this year’s exercise would be smooth and successful. He appealed to states pilgrim’s officials to continue to support and cooperate with NAHCON for the comfort of the pilgrims and smooth conduct of the exercise.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has beaten the deadline for arriving at the holy land by two days. At exactly 1:30 pm on October 30, 2011, the last inbound flight from Nigeria which conveyed pilgrims from Benue State through Kaduna zone arrived in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, thereby beating the November 2 deadline given to Nigeria by the Saudi authorities.
Speaking in Jeddah at the pre-Arafat meeting held at Crown Hotel yesterday, the Sultan of Sokoto and the national amirul hajj, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, revealed that the airlift of Nigerian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for this year’s hajj was concluded two days ahead of schedule with a total of 187 flights.