The Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed sadness over the loss of 9 Nigerian pilgrims during the 2019 Hajj exercise, praying almighty Allah to grant them mercy and give their families the fortitude to bear the losses.
Mr Gbajabiamila who is a guest of the King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stated this while speaking to journalists who paid him a courtesy call at the Royal Palace Guests Tent in Mina.
The Speaker urged Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia to use the opportunity of their presence in the holy land to pray for the peace and unity of the country.
“I’m therefore praying Allah to answer the prayers of our Pilgrims for peace, economic prosperity and overcoming of security and other challenges currently bedevilling us.
“No country can survive without prayers as through it Allah help resolve problems. So, I’m urging people of all faiths to obey teachings of the holy books as they all contain morals on all facets of life,” the speaker stated.
Mr Gbajabiamila also called on the pilgrims to stay the course of orderliness and cooperation with their respective officials in obeying rules and instructions so as to successfully complete the important and fifth pillar of Islam.
He noted that, “having a successful Hajj is a collective responsibility of every official, including Pilgrims themselves, and everyone must do his/her own part to make the return journey a success.
“I pray Almighty Allah in Whose infinite mercy and benevolence we have all converged here on holy pilgrimage to grant each and every Pilgrim a safe return to their families,” the speaker added.