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3 Nigerians Reportedly Dead in Hajj Stampede that Killed Over 700 People

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The world is still shocked by the tragic stampede that took place during Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, which led to the death of over 700 people and left nearly 900 others injured in Saudi Arabia.

CNN reports that the stampede occurred Thursday morning during the ritual known as “stoning the devil” in a tent city in Mina, about two miles from the holy site in Mecca.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that three Nigerians lost their lives although NAHCON officials said they had yet to verify the development from the Saudi Government.

Following the development, Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar, Chairman, National Hajj Commision of Nigeria (NAHCON), on Friday called on Saudi authorities to involve Nigeria and countries affected by the stampede in investigations.

Mukhtar made the call at a news conference in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, stating that it was not fair for anyone to blame Africans participating at the pilgrimage for the fatal incident.

“At this time of electronic age and the close circuit cameras installed in Mecca and environment, the authorities can easily know how the stampede started and who caused it,’’ he said.

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10 Comments

  1. C'est moi

    September 25, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Isn’t it all the will of God?

    • Tot

      September 25, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Here we go again. It is okay for you to be an atheist C’est moi but it doesn’t mean you always have to run down other people’s beliefs. Live your life and let them live theirs.

    • C'est moi

      September 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      I’m not an atheist tho….
      Just curious to understand as with most things religious why they’re offering rational explanations for what is normally considered to be God’s will. And why a God who’ll will such deserve to be worshipped? Any explanation Tot?

    • Comment

      September 25, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      Cest moi, Gods ways are not our ways…and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Wether you choose to worship Him or not , it is a fact that our knowledge remains way inferior to His and we are all mere mortals. When He blesses you even when you’re undeserving do you have a problem with that? May the departed souls rest in Peace and May we continue to trust in Gods faithfulness no matter the circumstance.

    • Wale

      September 26, 2015 at 3:01 am

      In this case I doubt it was the will of God, but rather the will of the Saudi government. I heard on bbcnews this evening that majority of those killed -80% were Iranians and the Africans that died were collateral damage(since African lives has never really never mattered to Arabs anyways-we are slaves in their eyes). Iran and the house of sauds are arch enemies so it wasn’t a coincidence that the Saudi government intentionally closed the exit gate for those returning from the stone throwing ritual. They knew the Iranian contingent were due to be present and unfortunately the Africans especially the Nigerians were around the same time frame. But like I said, our lives doesn’t matter to them. Remember the head of our hajj team this year was sanusi, emir of kano and he pressed it upon the nigerian pilgrims this year when he met with to especially follow the new rules and plan the Saudi government laid out for them.
      I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but we know sanusi loves money and the house of saud has plenty to offer.
      Maybe I am so wrong-but this makes sense to me.

  2. Iris

    September 25, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    When did anyone talk about blaming Africans?

  3. jane

    September 25, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    C’est moi, if u ain’t an atheist then wt are u?

  4. simplyme

    September 25, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    To be black man na curse? So they are blamed too for the stampede. Only God knows what happened though

    • Mohammad Salih

      September 26, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      No be curse?

  5. Mohammad Salih

    September 26, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    You are totally wrong. I assume you live in America, the home of conspiracy theories. Lol!

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