10 Nigerian Pilgrims Die In Mecca

No fewer than ten Nigerians in Saudi Arabia currently performing this yearís hajj rites have been reported dead. Coordinator of the National Hajj Commission in Mecca, Aliyu Tanko made this known on Monday. According to Tanko, over 50,000 Nigerian pilgrims have so far arrived Mecca with virtually all them having performed the Umrah rites. The reason for their death is still unknown at the moment. The coordinator, however, advised pilgrims to always seek medical advice before embarking on pilgrimage, warning them against exposing themselves to the harsh weather in the Holy Land. Tanko said that the commissionís three clinics in Mecca and those set up by the various state pilgrims boards provide effective medical services to Nigerian pilgrims in Mecca.