Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Hajj Stampede: House Calls For International Investigation

The House of Representatives has called for an international investigation into the tragedy that occurred during this year’s holy pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, the Senate is to set up an ad-hoc committee which will investigate the incident and report back to them. Both motions were passed unanimously in both chambers In the National Assembly, Federal Lawmakers called for explanations. While in the Senate, a point of order was raised by the Deputy Leader of the Senate. Sen. Bala ibn Na’Allah moved that those who were still alive should be provided adequate treatment, while the Saudi Arabian Government must ensure that such occurrence is forestalled. A minute silence was also observed in the House of Representatives for the dead moving the motion, Hon. Nnanna Igbokwe, lamented the number of Nigerians who lost their lives in the incident. He called for an international investigation into the matter to prevent future occurrences. The National Haji Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) confirmed the death of 54 Nigerians in the deadly stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, during this year’s Hajj. The Chairman of NAHCON, Mr. Abdullah Mohammed, said that 42 out of the 54 that died were from states Pilgrims Welfare Board including two NAHCON officials, while others were among those on the pilgrimage by private tour operators.

HENRY E. J Williams

Author & Editor

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