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10 Nigerian Muslim Pilgrims Die In Mecca

A total number of ten Nigerians on holy pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia have died.

The coordinator, National Hajj Commission, Aliyu Tanko, made the disclosure to newsmen on Monday in a telephone chat.

Tanko said at least 50,000 Nigerian pilgrims have so far arrived the Holy Land and that virtually all them have performed the Umrah rites.

He urged pilgrims to always seek medical advice before embarking on pilgrimage, as he also warned them against exposing themselves to the harsh weather conditions in the Holy Land.

Tanko stressed that despite the deaths recorded, the commission’s three clinics in Mecca and those set up by the various state pilgrims boards will ensure that adequate medical services are provided to Nigerian pilgrims in Mecca.

Some of the victims were said to have protracted health issues before going on Hajj while the harsh weather conditions affected others.

The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims which must be carried out at least once in lifetime by every adult Muslim who is physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey.