President Muhammadu Buhari departed from Nigeria today( Thursday) to Saudi Arabia after he 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.
The journey of the President was confirmed in a statement by the President’s special aide, Garba Shehu.
He is expected back in the country on Tuesday, 21st May.
The President will embark on the journey May 16th, and will be accompanied by close personal aides. pic.twitter.com/nFRTwYjzKt
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) May 15, 2019
Umrah is an optional but recommended pilgrimage to Makkah that can be made at any time of the year.