President Muhammadu Buhari met with former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, during the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit.
Buhari received the chairman of the National Peace Accord Committee on Sunday, June 2.
President Buhari left Nigeria for Saudi Arabia on Thursday, May 30, a day after his inauguration for the the 14th OIC summit.
The president, who arrived Makkah on Thursday evening, May 30, via the royal terminal of King AbdulAziz International Airport Jeddah, was received by senior officials of the government of Saudi Arabia led by the deputy governor of Mecca Province Prince Abdullah Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz.
He joined about 53 world leaders in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday, June 1, for the opening of the summit, attended by all heads of state and governments of member countries.
Since Nigeria joined the OIC in 1986, President Buhari becomes the third Nigerian leader to attend its conference in person, after the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and his predecessor in office Goodluck Jonathan.
His trip and attendance of the summit has been criticised by many, who are already speculating it is part of an alleged plot to Islamise Nigeria.
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) condemned President Buhari’s trip, saying Nigeria was “smuggled into OIC during the military”.
Describing the president's trip is unconstitutional, CAN expressed worry that it confirms the alleged Islamisation agenda of his government.
The Ohaneze Ndigbo also criticised Buhari for attending the OIC meeting after his swearing-in ceremony for a second term.
In a statement signed by its deputy national publicity secretary, the apex Igbo group said: “Why immediate attendance of Organisation of Islamic Countries, OIC, meeting in Saudi Arabia a day after his swearing in. Mr President Buhari owes Nigerians that explanation.
“This is a secular country and a leader that wants to be a mullah or fanatic is free to resign rather than plunge us into a religious crisis.”
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