- President Buhari is on his way to the United Kingdom on a 2 week private visit
- The president who was in Makkah for special prayers took-off for London at exactly 3.05pm
- According to the presidency, Buhari is expected back to Nigeria on November 17
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, November 2, departed Makkah via Abdulaziz International Airport Jeddah for the United Kingdom after he successfully performed the Lesser Hajj.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president left Makkah for Jeddah at about 1.30pm (local time) while his presidential aircraft took-off for London at exactly 3.05pm.
The departure was after all the airport protocol led by Mayor of Jeddah, Almeer bin Abdallah bin Jalawi.
Legit.ng had reported that the president would be travelling to the United Kingdom, on a 2-week private visit after attending the Economic Forum of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Buhari was accompanied on the Saudi trip by Governors Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Prof. Babagana Zulum of Borno and Aminu Masari of Katsina.
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.
Before performing the Umrah, President Buhari had attended three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh from October 29, to October 31.
While in Riyadh, the president held bilateral talks with King Salman in Riyadh, during which both leaders committed to deeper partnership especially in the areas of oil and gas for the development of both countries.
Buhari arrived Makkah for special prayers on Thursday, October 31, after participating in the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII) held in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
He was welcomed by His Royal Highness Prince Bader bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, deputy governor of Makkah region.
On same day, the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, paid a courtesy visit to Buhari at his hotel room at The Ritz Carlton.
At the event the prince called for the establishment of Nigeria-Saudi Council aimed at promoting investments and enhancing relations between both countries.
The Council would be made up of government officials and business leaders from both countries and the areas of focus are: economic growth and development, investments in oil and non-oil sectors, and security cooperation.
President Buhari thanked the Crown Prince for the Kingdom’s interest in investing in Nigeria and the initiative to establish the Council which would form the foundation for a stronger Nigeria-Saudi relationship.
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