Saturday, September 26, 2015

Awoniyi mourns victims of Hajj stampede

Kogi Deputy Governor Abayomi Awoniyi has commiserated with families of the 717 victims who died during a stampede that occurred during the stoning of the devil ritual in Mina, Saudi Arabia. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mike Abu, Awoniyi expressed sympathy over the sad occurrence and called for prayers against future occurrence. The Deputy Governor described the departed souls as “heroes of faith who died while serving their creator”. He recalled that over 100 pilgrims were also lost to death when a crane crashed in Kaaba, Mecca. He prayed Almighty Allah to grant them Aljannah Fidaus. “Today, the international community is touched by the unfortunate incident that happened in Mina. Our hearts are with our muslim brothers around the world. “This has also brought to the fore, calls around the world for improvement in the security of our muslim brothers and sisters that perform hajj every year. “On behalf of the people of Kogi State, we express our heartfelt sympathy to families and nations who lost their loved ones. May Allah grant them the fortitude to bear the loss”.

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