The Chairman of the Hajj National Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Dr. Ibrahim Kana, said that the number of Nigerian pilgrims who died during the Hajj execution of 2019 in Saudi Arabia has increased to nine.
According to the Nigeria News Agency (NAN), Kana made the announcement to Muna informing journalists about the activities of the NAHCON medical team for pilgrims.
He said: “The deceased, a pilgrim from the state of Lagos, collapsed in Jamrat and was taken to the hospital in Muna, but she died, she was hypertensive”.
The state of Lagos, Amir Hajj, Alhaji AbdulLateef Abdulkarim, while talking to journalists at Muna, identified the deceased as Alhaja Folashade Lawal.
He said the late Lawal came from the local area of the Oshodi government and noticed that he collapsed at 3 am as he headed for Jamrat to throw a stone at the devil.
Throwing stones at the three demons is one of the Islamic rites to the acceptable hajj.
The team president stated that the commission opened 21 offices in Muna with appropriate medicines and ambulances.
Kano, who said that well-trained medical staff was on the ground to care for pilgrims.
He identified cough and hypertension as some of the health challenges presented by patients.
Meanwhile, Nigerian pilgrims had started to buy and sell aggressively after Arafat and Eid el-Kabir.
NAN correspondent, who visited Nigerian camp in Muna reports that many pilgrims, mostly women, were seen buying women wears and other gift items, they claimed were meant for their families and friends at home.
Others, however, devoted their time to accomplishing the remaining rites such as stone throw at the three devils and special prayer.
Pilgrims who spent three days to accomplish religious rites in Muna were expected to move to the Grand Mosque, Makkah on Tuesday to complete the remaining rites to ensure an acceptable hajj.
According to sources from NAHCON, Aug. 17 has been fixed as kick-off for the flight of Nigerian pilgrims back home.