More than sixty five thousand Nigerian pilgrims were among the one point eight million Muslims across the world who observed Arafat Day in Muna, Makkah, Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

The pilgrims used the occasion to pray for themselves, their families and Nigeria.

Some pilgrims described the occasion as unique, saying it gave them the opportunity of a lifetime to pray specially for peace and development in Nigeria.

The spiritual occasion has been peaceful with little stress in spite of the hot weather compared to previous occasions when large crowds posed a lot of challenges for pilgrims and officials.