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Two More Nigerian Pilgrims Die in Mecca, Death Toll Rises to Four

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Tragedy has struck the Kwara State contingent of the Nigerian Hajj delegation in Saudi Arabia, as two additional pilgrims, Salman Alade and Ayishat Ologele, have passed away while performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.

This brings the total number of deaths among the Kwara pilgrims to four.

According to reports, Ayishat Ologele fell ill while traveling from Medina to Mecca and later succumbed to her illness, while Salman Alade also fell ill in Mecca and passed away.

Although the exact causes of their deaths have not been officially confirmed, it is believed that they died of natural causes.

The Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board in Saudi Arabia has confirmed the development and expressed condolences to the families of the deceased pilgrims.

The Executive Secretary of the board, Abdulsalam Abdulkadir, commiserated with the families and prayed for Allah’s comfort and forgiveness for the deceased.

The deaths of Salman Alade and Ayishat Ologele follow those of Saliu Mohammed and Hawawu Mohammed, who had earlier passed away in Madinah. The tragic incidents have thrown the Kwara State contingent into mourning, as they struggle to come to terms with the loss of their colleagues.

The Hajj pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam and is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims who have the physical and financial means to perform it. Despite the challenges and risks associated with the pilgrimage, millions of Muslims from around the world converge on Mecca and Medina every year to perform the Hajj.

In recent years, the Nigerian government has taken steps to improve the welfare and safety of Nigerian pilgrims, including providing medical care and other support services. However, despite these efforts, the Hajj pilgrimage remains a challenging and risky endeavor, and tragic incidents like the deaths of the Kwara pilgrims are a sobering reminder of the fragility of life.

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