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Nigerian pilgrim, Tawakalitu Alako dies in Makkah



National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has commiserated with the Kebbi State Pilgrims’ Welfare Board over the death of one of its pilgrims, Tawakalitu Alako, who passed away on Saturday in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Chairman of NAHCON, Malam Jalal Arabi, in a condolence message delivered by the Makkah Office Coordinator, Dr. Aliyu Tanko, accompanied by the Saudi Liaison Officer, Abubakar Lamin, and other staff, to the board officials led by Alhaji Garba Takware, expressed heartfelt sympathy to the family and the people of Kebbi State and prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest.

According to Takware, the deceased died after collapsing in her Makkah hotel on Saturday.

“She was on her way to collect food in her hotel in Makkah when she suddenly slumped. Prior to that, she was hale and hearty.

“We quickly rushed her to the hospital but she was already unconscious by the time we got there.

“Every other thing is going as we planned. From feeding to accommodation and medical care. But this sad occurrence came from God and is beyond our control,” he explained.

He, however, thanked the NAHCON leadership for their visit and prayed for a successful Hajj operations.

A special supplication was made for the soul of the deceased, other pilgrims, and Nigeria.

Kebbi State pilgrims were the first set of Nigerian intending pilgrims to arrive in Saudi Arabia for the 2024 Hajj, with their inaugural airlift taking place on May 15.

The inaugural airlift was flagged off by the Vice President Kashim Shettima and attended by eminent personalities, including the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III.

So far, 20,154 Nigerian pilgrims have been airlifted to Saudi Arabia in 48 flights, with approximately 65,000 expected to perform the 2024 Hajj.

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