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Buhari returns to Abuja from Saudi Arabia

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday evening returned to Abuja after performing lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Buhari had left Nigeria last Thursday to honour the invitation from King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to perform the Muslim Umrah.

According to NAN, the aircraft conveying the president and members of his entourage which took-off from Royal terminal of the King Abdul’aziz International Airport around 2pm landed at the presidential wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at 6.34pm.

Abba Kyari, the president’s chief of staff; Muhammed Bello, minister of the federal capital territory (FCT); Muhammed Adamu,  acting inspector-general of police, and other government functionaries were at the airport to welcome the president.

While in Makkah, Buhari, who performed the lesser hajj alongside his wife, associates and aides, also held iftar dinner meetings with prominent Nigerians, including Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The president also had iftar dinner meeting with Sa’ad Abubakar, sultan of Sokoto, and Hussaini Adamu, emir of Kazaure,  where special prayers were offered for Nigeria to achieve total peace and stability.

Buhari is expected to preside over the valedictory session of the federal executive council (FEC) on Wednesday.


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