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Buhari on invitation, visits Saudi Arabia for Umrah Thursday

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President Muhammadu Buhari will visit Saudi Arabia on Thursday for Umrah.

Umrah is an optional but recommended pilgrimage to Makkah that can be made at any time of the year.

The president’s visit follows the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to perform the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in the kingdom.

Buhari will be accompanied by his close personal aides.

He is expected back in the country on Tuesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said in a statement.