President Muhammadu Buhari is due to embark on Umrah (lesser hajj) on Thursday.
A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Wednesday stated that: “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted 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.
“To this effect, the President, 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.”