Monday, September 25, 2023

Buhari to depart Abuja Tuesday for Saudi Arabia

President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to depart the country on Tuesday on an official visit to Saudi Arabia.

In a statement on Monday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, said the trip which would last for eight days is Buhari’s last visit to the kingdom as president.

Shehu said while in Saudi Arabia, the president would perform lesser hajj.

“President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to Saudi Arabia on an official visit from Tuesday, April 11th to 19th on his last trip to the Kingdom as President, during which he will perform Umrah, the Lesser Pilgrimage,” he said.

“He will be accompanied by his aides.”

Buhari, who will complete his second term in office, was first elected in 2015 after running against former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan had conceded defeat before the final tally was concluded.

Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, is expected to be sworn in on May 29, though some opposition parties are challenging his victory at the just concluded general election.

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