President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday performed the Umrah (Lesser Hajj) at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
He was joined by the minister of communications Isa Pantami, and business moguls Aliko Dangote, Wale Tinubu and Abdulsamad Rabiu.
The Umrah is a religious ritual of great significance performed by Muslim Ummah for the sake of Allah. It is believed that all the requests made while performing the act are answered by Allah.
The president’s aides who also joined in the prayer include the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu; the state chief of protocol, Lawal Kazaure; the president’s personal physician, Dr Suhayb Rafindadi and the chief security officer, Idris Ahmed.
Buhari, who was in Saudi Arabia for the fifth edition of the Future Investment Initiative Summit, had a brief stopover at Madinah for intense prayers for the return of peace and security to Nigeria, and for the recovery of economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.