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 carry out the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in the kingdom.
According to the personal assistant to the presidency, Bashir Ahmad, Buhari will be accompanied by close personal aides as he embarks on the journey on Thursday, May 16.
Daily Trust reports that the president is expected back in the country on Tuesday, May 21.
It should be noted that Umrah is an optional but recommended pilgrimage to Makkah which can be made at any time of the year, the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that one of the parties that contested Saturday, February 23 presidential election, Hope Democratic Party (HDP), filed a motion seeking an order for the election tribunal to restrain President Buhari from presenting himself to be sworn-in on May 29.
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The party is also seeking an order restraining the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) from swearing-in, administering the oath of office and oath of allegiance to the president on May 29.
It was gathered that in a motion on notice made available to journalists on Tuesday, May 14, the party filed the motion on 6 grounds pursuant to section one subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and under the jurisdiction of the tribunal.
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