President Muhammadu Buhari will be leaving for Saudi Arabia Thursday for an Islamic function.
A statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the President is travelling at the request of the Saudi king, Salman Bin Abdulaziz, to perform an Islamic function called Umrah.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the invitation of 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 some personal aides, will embark on the journey on Thursday, 16th May and is expected back in the country on Tuesday, 21st May.”
“Umrah is an optional but recommended pilgrimage to Makkah that can be made at any time of the year,” Garba Shehu said.
President Buhari recently returned to Nigeria after about ten days of a ‘private’ visit to the UK for an disclosed purpose.