HAJJ: Aisha Buhari, Saraki Jets Out Of Nigeria To Mecca

Jennifer Akamanu


Aisha Buhari will be joining millions of Muslims to participate in this year’s hajj pilgrimage.

The wife of President Buhari, on Monday departed Abuja for Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Her spokeswoman, Zaynab Ikaz- Kassim said via Twitter, “This Afternoon H.E Mrs. @aishambuhari left Abuja for Mecca, Saudi Arabia to join millions of Muslims in performing this year’s Hajj.”

Earlier this month, Aisha returned from London where she went to visit her husband who was on his second medical vacation this year.

“I am grateful to Nigerians & well-wishers all over the world for their continuous prayers,” Aisha said following her husband’s arrival.

No fewer than 1.705 million pilgrims, which include over 91,000 Nigerians, have arrived the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s Hajj, according to Statistics released by the Directorate General of Passports.

About 1.602 million pilgrims came by air, 87,685 by land and 14,835 by sea.


Senate President, Bukola Off To Mecca

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday (Monday) night flew out of Abuja to Saudi Arabia to join the two million Muslim faithful gathered in the holy land for this year’s hajj.

In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President will spend the period of the pilgrimage to pray for the unity, stability and development of Nigeria as well as better health for the leader of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari.

He will also spend the period of the holy pilgrimage to pray for more success for the Eighth National Assembly in the execution of its Legislative Agenda which is aimed at helping to improve the standard of living of the citizenry and positively transform the national economy.
The Senate President is expected back early September when the Hajj rites would have been completed by pilgrims.

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