‘Why Nigeria recorded less casualties in Mecca’
Nigeria lost no fewer than 54 pilgrims in a stampede in September 2015 while observing the hajj.
The tragedy was the deadliest to hit the hajj in 25 years, as about 770 pilgrims died, more than 200 believed to be Africans.
The pilgrims were taking part in the hajj’s last major rite – throwing stones at pillars called Jamarat, where Satan is believed to have tempted Prophet Ibrahim.
The Guardian gathered that about 55,000 Nigerian pilgrims that performed this year’s hajj rites had unimpeded access to the Jamarat due to massive infrastructural improvement at the site.
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