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Hajj 2023: 5 Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi

The National Hajj Com- mission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has con- firmed the death of five Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. It also said 30 Nigerian pilgrims were diagnosed with mental challenges, with two women losing their pregnancies, and one baby delivered. The Head of the NAHCON 2023 Hajj Medical Team, Usman Galadima said Osun and Kaduna states lost two pilgrims each, while Plateau State recorded one. He called for the strengthening of the pre-hajj medical screening of intending pilgrims.

Meanwhile, the movement of Nigerian pilgrims to Mina for Arafat purification began yesterday, according to NAH- CON Chairman, Zikrullah Kunle Hassan. He said this in an inter- view with journalists at the pre-Arafah meeting in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Camping at Mina, also known as the city of the tents, which is about nine kilometres on the outskirts of Makkah, is one of the major highlights of the exercise. According to Hassan, every Hajj is an experiment in which new problems encountered were tackled and reviewed to prevent future occurrences.

The Coordinator of the Commission’s Committee for the movement, (Taraddudiyyah), Dr. Aliyu Abubakar Tanko, said it has been the practice for some years in the wee hours of the eight days of Dhul-Hijjah, other- wise known as YAUMU TAR- WEEYYAH, commenced. This is unique from the past when it started after sunrise on the said day. He said the midnight movement was to ease the movement of pilgrims and to avoid congestion on the roads which were the hallmark of the old movement system.

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