NAWOJ Mourns Bilkisu Yusuf Who Died In Tragic Mecca Stampede

NAWOJ Mourns Bilkisu Yusuf Who Died In Tragic Mecca Stampede

By Agency Reports on September 27, 2015
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Abubukar S-Pawa, Kaura-Namoda, Ayuba Azare, Fadimatu Sani Makaranta
Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims make their way to cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, on the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia | AP

NAN – The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) on Saturday described the death of Hajia Bilkisu Yusuf, a veteran journalist, who died in stampede during hajj, as unfortunate.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that more than 747 Muslims lost their lives while 804 others injured in the stampede on the road leading to Jamarat (stoning site) on Thursday.

Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole, National President of the association, in a statement issued in Abuja said Yusuf’s death came as a heavy blow to the association.

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She observed that the deceased had contributed in no small way in the training and mentorship of young female journalists.

She also observed that she was one of the pioneer and most active members of the association.

“The sudden demise of Yusuf at a time when the association and the nation needed such outspoken woman journalist is disheartening.

“She was an exemplary member of the association and a veteran journalist of international repute, a columnist, journalism ombudsman and civil society activist.

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“She was a devout Muslim and founding member of Federation of Muslim Women’s Association.

“She was relentless in her fight for the cause of those affected by insurgency in the North-East.

“Yusuf death therefore is a heavy blow to the association, all journalists and the nation at large.

“NAWOJ, therefore, pray to God to grant her immediate family, the association and all Nigerians the fortitude to bear the loss,’’ Omowole said.

She recalled that the late journalist was a former Presidential Adviser on International Affairs and syndicated columnist for Daily Trust and Leadership newspapers.

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