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Umrah: President Buhari departs Madinah for Makkah

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday evening arrived in Makkah from the city of Madinah, Saudi Arabia, to commence the initial leg of his Umrah engagements in the Kingdom.

This was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, on Saturday morning.

The statement says ”after the evening prayer at the Holy Prophet’s Mosque on Thursday, the President was ushered to the grave of Prophet Mohammed where he said prayers for the nation, his family and himself.

He was seen off at the Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Madina International Airport by the Governor of the Madinah Province, Prince Faisal Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

President Buhari had on May 16 left Abuja for Saudi Arabia following the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the king of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to perform the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in the Kingdom.

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

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