By Abdallah el-Kurebe
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has assured that all Nigerian Pilgrims to this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia would be accounted for in spite of the tragedy that killed so many pilgrims there.
Tambuwal spoke on Thursday when he visited families of those pilgrims from the state that were affected by the tragedy, saying that Hajj officials were working round the clock to ensure all victims were properly identified and documented.
In Sokoto state, the pilgrims most affected are from Illela, Binji and Wamakko local government areas.
Addressing the families during a stop in Jamali village of Binji LGA, Tambuwal said that government was still collating the number of pilgrims who died, suffered injuries or classified as missing.
He announced that as soon as the collation was completed, his administration would assist the families in the best way possible.
The governor appealed to the people to exercise more patience, adding that “many of those earlier thought to have died have been sighted receiving treatment in hospitals in Saudi Arabia.”
He announced that the state government will, on Friday organise special prayers for the victims and their families.
“As Muslims, we are encouraged to refer to God at all times. In this our difficult period, we’ll organise prayers for our country men and women for God to heal the injured, bless the dead and bring the missing back to us in good health,” he stressed.
Other communities visited include Gidan Hamma, Binji and Wamakko.
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