Hajj 2024: Lagos pilgrim dies as last batch departs Maddina for Makkah

One of the Lagos state pilgrims for the 2024 hajj in Saudi Arabia, Oloshogbo Isiaka Idris has died.

A statement by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Lagos state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Taofeek Lawal, said the pilgrim died after returning from Tawaf (circumambulation) of the Holy Kaaba in Makkah Tuesday.

Lawal said the secretary, Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr. Saheed Onipede, who broke the news, revealed that the deceased, a 68 -year-old pilgrim from Shomolu local government area, died while eating his food in the evening (after Salat Maghrib).

Onipede said the cause of his death was yet to be medically ascertained, but the death could not be unconnected with high blood pressure (BP) and the stress he passed through during the tawaf.

He said the Board extended the condolences of the state government to the immediate family and friends of the deceased and prayed that Allah forgive his shortcomings and grant him Al-Jannat Firdaus as well as the reward of the hajj, since he already had the intention.

The secretary appealed to other pilgrims to exercise caution and restrain from overstressing themselves before the commencement of the real hajj rites which are yet to be fulfilled.

The deceased has been buried in Makkah in line with laid down principles of Saudi Arabian authorities. A board member, Hon. Waheed Ololade Shonibare, led other state government officials and some pilgrims to observe janaza prayer for the pilgrim in Kaabah.