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Atiku Ex-Vice President expresses regret on death of pilgrims

It urged the Muslim world to be united in grief and offer prayers to God to avert the recurrence of such accident in future.

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Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar . play

Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar .

(Stargist)

 Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has expressed regret on the death of more than 747 Muslims on Sept. 17 in a stampede during pilgrimage in Mecca.

A statement issued in Abuja by the Head of Media to Atiku, Mr Paul Ibe, described the incident as one of the grievous accidents to have befallen Muslims in recent memories.

According to the statement, Atiku notes that such colossal loss of human lives is rare and remarkably regrettable.

It urged the Muslim world to be united in grief and offer prayers to God to avert the recurrence of such accident in future.

"Life is so precious that whoever dies, the world should be united in grief because we are bound by our common humanity.

'The late Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf, one of the Nigerian victims, was a shining light of the journalism profession in Nigeria,' it said.

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