Two pilgrims from Katsina State have lost their lives during this year’s Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia, according to Alhaji Salisu Ado Shinkafi, the Chairman of the State’s Pilgrims Welfare Agency (PWA).
Bashir Rabe Mani in Makkah reports that, Alhaji Shinkafi, who is also the Bunun Shinkafi,disclosed this when he addressed newsmen in Makkah on Tuesday.
According to him, the deceased pilgrims (names ,withheld), were a male and a female.
The PWA Chairman also stated that, all the deceased had since been buried according to Islamic rites, while their funeral prayers were conducted at the Holy Mosque in Makkah.
Alhaji Ado Shinkafi further said that out of the 4,776 pilgrims from the state who performed this year’s hajj, no fewer than 1,776 had been transported back to Nigeria, in three flights.
He added, ” only about ,3,000 pilgrims are remaining in Makkah, while they are all hale and hearty.
” Max Airline has promised to transport all our remaining pilgrims in about six or seven flights, on or before Sept. 28.
” Gov. Aminu Bello Masari had also assisted all the pilgrims with three hundred Saudi Riyals each, to alleviate their suffering.
”We should continue to fervently pray for ourselves, our families, Katsina State, Nigeria and specifically President Muhammadu Buhari.”