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President Buhari to travel to Saudi Thursday for Umrah

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will travel to Saudi Arabia on Thursday to perform Umrah, the lesser hajj.

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said on Wednesday that Buhari had been invited to perform the function by “King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to perform the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in the Kingdom”.

“To this effect, the president, accompanied by close personal aides, will embark on the journey on Thursday, 16th May. He is expected back in the country on Tuesday, 21st May,” Shehu stated.

“Umrah is an optional but recommended pilgrimage to Makkah that can be made at any time of the year,” he explained.

Buhari returned to Nigeria on May 5 after a 10-day ‘private’ visit to the United Kingdom.

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