President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Thursday for Saudi Arabia to perform the lesser hajj.
This followed his acceptance of 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.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the President who will be accompanied by close personal aides, will embark on the journey on Thursday, 16th May.
He is expected back in the country on Tuesday, 21st May.
“Umrah is an optional but recommended pilgrimage to Makkah that can be made at any time of the year.”