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Buhari Mourns With NGE, NUJ On Death Of Bilkisu

Posted: Sep 25, 2015 at 7:34 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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By Chesa Chesa, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday commiserated with the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Nigeria Union of Journalists on the death of a notable journalist, Hajiya Bilkisu, in the stampede at Mina, near Mecca that killed over 700 pilgrims on hajj to Saudi Arabia.

The President described the deceased as “an exemplary, dedicated, knowledgeable, very credible, highly-respected,  outstanding editor and columnist who, even in death, will remain a glittering role model for journalists, within and outside Nigeria.”

According to a press statement from the United States where Buhari is attending the United Nations General Assembly, the President also mourned the death of another Nigerian, Professor Tijjani El-Miskin, and others who lost their lives in the tragedy.

Buhari said he was saddened by the monumental tragedy, not only for citizens of the countries involved, but for the global Islamic community.

“The President extends sincerest condolences to the families of the over 700 pilgrims who lost their lives in this latest disaster in the Holy Places which occurred less than two weeks after a crane collapse in Mecca claimed more than a hundred lives.

?”The President has taken note of the assurance by the Government of Saudi Arabia that Thursday’s catastrophe will be investigated and urges King Salman to ensure  a comprehensive and thorough exercise that will identify any flaws in Hajj organisation with a view to avoiding a recurrence of such tragedies during the annual pilgrimage.

“In the knowledge that it is not within our powers to question the will of God, President Buhari  prays that Almighty Allah will comfort the families who lost their beloved ones in the stampede and receive the souls of all those who died in the Holy Land while fulfilling the religious obligation of the Hajj,” the statement said.