Eminent businessman and former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has described the crane accident that claimed the lives of about 107 pilgrims in Mecca’s Grand Mosque as painful and unfortunate.
He, however, said those who lost their lives in the incident would be remembered for their dedication and commitment to the service of Allah.
In a condolence message signed by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu said: “The demise of about 107 Muslim faithful of different nationalities is a colossal loss not only to the Muslim community but the world in general.
I sympathise with the Nigerian Muslim community on the demise of about four Nigerians who were reported dead in the crane accident.
The sad incident is a lesson for everyone to see life as a journey that can end at any time, hence the need to rededicate our lives to the service of God and humanity.”
The former governor urged the bereaved families to take solace in the fact that their loved ones died while on holy pilgrimage, one of the pillars of Islam.
Kalu, while commiserating with the government and people of Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Ummah all over the world, prayed God to grant the departed souls eternal rest and also give the bereaved families the fortitude to bear the losses and also, prayed for the speedy recovery of those that sustained injuries in the incident.
In a similar development, Dr. Kalu commiserated with the senate, staff and students of the University of Lagos over the tragic loss of a 300-level student of Accounting, Oluchi Anekwe. Oluchi was electrocuted on her way to her room in Sodeinde Residence, New Hall, Unilag.
Dr. Kalu has also expressed sadness over the collapse of a two-storey school building in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, claiming four lives on Sunday.
In another development, Kalu condemned the abduction of the Deputy Secretary General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Chief Imam of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) , Alhaji Adam Idoko. He described the act as barbaric.
Kalu said the kidnap of the Islamic scholar was am unwarranted evil, saying the cleric was a complete gentleman and a lover of peace. Similarly, sympathised with the former governor of Enugu State, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, over the passing of his wife, Nnenna.
Kalu noted that late Mrs. Nnamani was a source of inspiration to the womenfolk.
He said: “I was saddened to hear the news of the demise of Mrs. Nnenna Nnamani. She will be remembered for her simplicity and humanitarian contributions to the society. She was indeed, a virtuous woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nnamani family at this sorrowful period.” -The Sun