President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Makkah, Saudi Arabia for the performance of lesser Hajj also known as Umrah.
According to a statement made available to Naija News by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the President arrived at the Holy City on Wednesday evening to observe the Islamic pilgrimage.
The statement added that President Buhari will return to the country after performing the lesser Hajj in Makkah.
Sharing the pictures via his Facebook page, Shehu wrote, “President Muhammadu Buhari and some members of the Nigerian Delegation to the Future Investment Initiative Summit depart for Makkah for Umrah (lesser hajj).”
Naija News reports that the Umrah can be undertaken at any time of the year, in contrast to the Ḥajj which has specific dates according to the Islamic lunar calendar.
Earlier, the Nigerian leader took time off to offer prayers on behalf of the country during a brief stopover in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
According to the presidential spokesman, President Buhari along with his entourage prayed for the return of peace in Nigeria.
He also prayed that the insecurity raving the country and many other parts of the world will be overcome soonest and become a thing of the past.
Buhari spent quality time at the Mosque of the Holy Prophet Muhammed, engaging in prayers and recitation of the Holy Qur’an.
This online news platform had reported that the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday met with the Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote at an investment summit in Saudi Arabia.
The spokesman to the President, Femi Adesina disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari, Nigerian delegation participates in 5th future investment initiative summit, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’.
Adesina in the statement further stated that his principal also met with the founder of BUA group, Abdul Rabiu and Group Chief Executive of Oando Plc, Wale Tinubu.
The President is expected back in Nigeria on Friday according to earlier statements by his media team.
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