From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
The Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS) yesterday called on the Saudi Arabia authorities to carry out thorough investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the Mina stampede which has so far claimed the lives of 145 Nigerian pilgrims.
It also urged the Saudi Arabia authorities to strengthen the mechanisms involved in the Hajj operations to prevent re occurrence of the unfortunate incident.
NATAIS made the call in a statement by its Assistant General Secretary (Publicity), Dr. Moshood Mahmood Jimba, a copy of which was made available to THE Dream Daily in Ilorin yesterday.
The union commiserated with the federal government and the entire Muslim community in Nigeria over the death of many Nigerian Muslims during the stampede.
Jimba wrote: “We regret in particular the death of Prof. Tijjani El-Miskeen, who was a prominent member of NATAIS and immediate past Director of Arabic Language Village in Nigeria, Borno State. We pray the Almighty Allah to grant all the departed souls Jannat Al-fridaos and give their families and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“While we believe that death is inevitable and every soul shall taste it, we call on the Saudi Authorities to carry out thorough investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the stampede and to further strengthen the mechanisms involved in the Hajj operations to prevent further occurrence of similar incidents.”