Buhari departs Makkah for UK private visit

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday departed Makkah via Abdul’aziz International Airport, Jeddah for London, United Kingdom after he successfully performed the lesser Hajj.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the President left Makkah for Jeddah around 1.30 p.m. (local time) while his presidential aircraft took-off for London at exactly 3.05 p.m.

The departure was after all the airport protocol led by Mayor of Jeddah, Almeer bin Abdallah bin Jalawi.

NAN reports that before performing the umrah, President Buhari had attended three-day Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh from October 29 to 31.

While in Riyadh, the President on Wednesday held bilateral talks with King Salman during which both leaders committed to deeper partnership especially in the areas of oil and gas for the development of both countries.

On Thursday, the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, paid a courtesy visit to President Buhari at his hotel room at The Ritz Carlton.

At the meeting, the prince called for the establishment of Nigeria-Saudi Council aimed at promoting investments and enhancing relations between both countries.

NAN reports that the president was accompanied on the Saudi trip by Governors Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Prof. Babagana Zulum of Borno State and Aminu Masari of Katsina State.

NAN reports that the governors and other members of the entourage departed Jeddah for Abuja as President Buhari only travelled with very few of his aides to London.

(NAN)

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