- President Buhari has concluded the lesser pilgrimage
- The Nigerian leader headed for Qatar for the meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries
- The president landed in Doha safely
President Muhammadu Buhari has concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and departed for Qatar.
The president who was pictured with the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II at the Jedda airport, Saudi Arabia departed for Doha, the Qatari capital ahead of talks on Sunday with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The president and his team performed the final Dawaf, which is the circumambulation of the Holy Ka’aba seven times, and offered prayers to Allah to round off the pilgrimage.
President Buhari before his departure was received at the King Abdulaziz International Airport by a high delegation of Saudi officials led by the governor of Jeddah, Prince Mishaal Bin Majed Bin Abdulaziz.
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Others at the airport to bid farewell to the president included the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II; Emir of Maradun in Zamfara, Alhaji Garba Tambari, Oba of Lagos, Alhaji Rilwan Akiola and the Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Haliru Momoh.
While in Saudi Arabia, Buhari visited one of the most sacred places for the Muslim world, the holy Kaaba.
Praying in the holy mosque of Kaaba is a special privilege given to few people. The chamber was opened at the instance of King Al Saud of Saudi Arabia as a mark of respect for the visiting Nigerian president.
Buhari is expected back in Nigeria on February 29, Monday.