President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with King Salman Ibn Abdulaziz and the people of Saudi Arabia over the tragic loss of lives in Friday’s crane collapse at the Grand Mosque, Mecca.
A statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the president’s Senior
Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said
Buhari also commiserated with the global Islamic Community over the
``As details of the deaths and injuries sustained in the unfortunate
incident unfold, President Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to closely
monitor developments and take necessary action to ensure the security
and well-being of all Nigerian pilgrims.
``Buhari also urges all Nigerians to pray for the continued safety of
their compatriots who are currently in Saudi Arabia for this year’s
Hajj,’’ the statement maintained.
It also quoted the president as praying that Almighty Allah will
receive the souls of those killed in the incident and grant the injured
The crane, supplying construction materials at an ongoing
multi-storey building, collapsed on some of the pilgrims, who were
performing Dawaf (going round the Kaaba).