The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) said on Tuesday that five Nigerian pilgrims have died since the beginning of the 2017 Hajj operation.
The Executive Chairman of NAHCON, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad, disclosed this during the 2017 Pre-Arafat meeting with stakeholders organised by the Commission in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Muhammad, however, did not disclose the names of the deceased, saying the Commission would first reach out to the families of the deceased before revealing their identify to the public.
Similarly, the NAHCON chief said the Commission recorded one delivery and one miscarriage, assuring that it would continue to provide effective healthcare service to pilgrims.
Muhammad vowed that no amount of threat, arm twisting, ill motivated criticisms and real or imaginary hurdles would deter the Commission from achieving its goals.
He also called on all stakeholders to put all hands on deck to ensure a hitch free exercise.
He said no one should rest on his oars until every pilgrim successfully carried out the hajj rites and safely returned to Nigeria.
A total 81,200 Nigerian pilgrims would join their Muslims counterparts from around the world to perform this year’s hajj.
Over two million pilgrims from around the world and Saudi Arabia have assembled in Mecca to perform the 2017 hajj rites beginning from Wednesday, according to a local Newspaper, The Saudi Gazette.
Afterwards, the pilgrims would move to Muna where they will stay for five days during which they will throw pebbles at Satan.