• ‘I am not afraid’ of pilgrimage – Hajj stampede survivor

    ‘I am not afraid’ of pilgrimage – Hajj stampede survivor

    As pilgrims from around the world symbolically stoned the devil on Monday in the last major rite of the hajj, the memory of a deadly stampede during last year’s stoning ritual remains all too real for Kassoum Kouanda.

    Injured in the crush which killed his three companions and around 2,300 others, he vividly recalled the tragedy in an interview with AFP — and explained why his young wife is attending this year’s pilgrimage.

    Kouanda, 50, of Burkina Faso in West Africa, is […]

  • Hajj Stampede Headcount: Death Toll of Nigerians Rises Above 50

    Hajj Stampede Headcount: Death Toll of Nigerians Rises Above 50

    Report gathered that the death toll of Nigerians from the Saudi Arabia Hajj stampede has risen to over 50.

    Various news sources are reporting varying figures, however; all information indicates that the current death toll is at least 50 .

    For instance, BBC reports that 54 Nigerians are confirmed dead. Leadership states that 64 are dead and 71 sustained varying degrees of injuries.

    Reports state that the chairman of Nigeria’s National Hajj Commission, Abdullahi Mukhtar confirmed the numbers but said some pilgrims were […]

  • Hajj Stampede: Pres. Buhari Orders Headcount Of Nigerian Pilgrims

    Hajj Stampede: Pres. Buhari Orders Headcount Of Nigerian Pilgrims

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered the National Hajj Commission and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to urgently account for all Nigerian pilgrims in the holy land.

    The order, which was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, was as a result of last Thursday’s stampede at Mina which claimed over 700 lives.

    Shehu explained that the Presidential order was necessitated by the conflicting reports on the number of Nigerians who died or […]