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Buhari joins world leaders to observe Juma’at prayer at Makkah Mosque


Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Governor Makkah region, received President Buhari at the airport. Photo/Twitter/AsoRock

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, observed Juma’at prayer at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, with about 53 world leaders and hundreds of thousands of Muslim faithful.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the President and the heads of state and governments are in the Holy City for the summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The 14th session of the Summit of the OIC, hosted by the custodian of the two holy mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, would begin at midnight.

Shortly on his arrival in Makkah on Thursday evening, Buhari, accompanied by the governors of Osun, Niger and Jigawa states, performed the Umrah.

The President and the accompanying delegation circumambulated the Ka’aba before visiting the area between the al-Marwah and al-Safa hills, itself a distance of between three and four kilometres in the Grand Mosque, which is part of the Umrah process.

The Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) is a spiritual journey to the holy land that can be undertaken at any time of the year, unlike the Hajj, which has a fixed period.

The Hajj is the “major” pilgrimage and compulsory for every able-bodied Muslim that can afford it, while the Umrah is optional, but recommended.

Buhari, who is expected to return to Abuja after the OIC summit tomorrow, would hold bilateral meetings with some world leaders on margin of the OIC summit.

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