The Sokoto State Government and the Sultanate Council of Sokoto on Friday held a special prayer session for victims of last week’s Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia in which the state is said to have recorded the highest number of casualties.
The Street Journal recalls that no fewer than 74 Nigerians, out of over nearly 800 dead pilgrims, have been confirmed to have died while on their way to perform the ritual of “stoning the devil’’ in Mina, Saudi Arabia, during this year’s pilgrimage.
Speaking at the event, Sokoto State Governor, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal, promised that the state government would assist the families of all the pilgrims from the state who lost their lives during the tragedy.
He said that the state government will also assist the injured pilgrims from the state when they arrive back from Saudi Arabia.
The Governor, who stressed that death was an inevitable end for all mortals, also described the death of the pilgrims as collective losses to everyone.
Also speaking, Professor Bashir Garba, Secretary to the State Government, explained that the event was organized to enable the people to pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased and for God to grant the injured pilgrims speedy recovery.
The Street also Journal reports that the special prayer session, which was presided over by the leader of Islamic clerics in the state, Sheikh Buhari Sirridawa, also had in attendance, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, among other top officials.