Buhari Departs Makkah For United Kingdom

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President Muhmmadu Buhari has departed Makkah for the United Kingdom.

The President left the Abdul’aziz International Airport, Jeddah for London, on Saturday.

His departure to the UK comes after successful participation at the Future Investment Initiative (#FII2019) conference in Riyadh and Umrah.

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President Buhari while in Saudi held bilateral talks with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh.

He also participated at the summit titled “What Is Next For Africa” along with presidents of Kenya, Congo-Brazzaville, and Burkina Faso.

More than 4,000 delegates from over 90 countries participated in the conference, and President Buhari spoke about the economic opportunities in Nigeria and his administration’s drive to improve the business environment.

PHOTOS: President Buhari, Wife Perform Lesser Hajj In Makkah

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and wife, Aisha, on Saturday, performed Umrah (lesser Hajj) at the Masjid Haram (the Grand Mosque) in Makkah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Buhari who embarked on the journey with close personal aides on Thursday, May 16, 2019, was invited by 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.

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He is expected back in the country on Tuesday, May 21.

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President Buhari Condemns Missile Attack On Makkah

buhari-callsPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday condemned the ballistic missile launched by Houthi militias targeting the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

The Nigerian leader spoke with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia on Sunday to express Nigeria’s solidarity with the Kingdom in the aftermath of the missile launch.

Condemning what he called a ‘heinous act’ which targeted innocent people, President Buhari said it was reprehensible and ignoble for terrorists to target a holy land, where millions of Muslims from around the globe gather for pilgrimage.

The President expressed delight and appreciation to Almighty Allah that the Saudi defence forces intercepted and downed the missile 65 km from the holy city of Makkah.

In the telephone conversation with King Salman, President Buhari reiterated the need to strengthen international support and coalition in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, noting that when the world stands together, there is no way good would not prevail over evil.

Saudi Arabia had on October 28 allegedly intercepted a ballistic missile launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen towards Islam’s holiest city of Makkah, according to a Saudi state media report.

According to the Saudi-led coalition, Houthi rebels launched a Scud missile from Saada province towards Mecca at 21:00 local time (18:00 GMT) on Thursday.

The Saudi air defense system was able to intercept and destroy the missile 65 kilometers (40 miles) from the target site. Saudi authorities said the missile caused no damage.

It is the second time that President Buhari is expressing solidarity with the arab nation in the last four months.

In July, the Nigerian leader condemned the suicide bombing in Madinah, which occurred on Monday in Islam’s second holiest city.

Condoling with Saudi authorities over the reprehensible attack, President Buhari said that the development was a desecration of all that was sacred and holy, as it took place near the Prophet’s Mosque, and on one of the holy days of Ramadan.

“The merchants of evil have once again shown that there is nothing religious in their mindless acts, by striking near the Prophet’s Mosque. It validates the claim that terrorism really has nothing to do with Islam. Purveyors of terror are simply agents of the devil,” President Buhari said.

Economic Recession Is Temporary Test On Transition – Aregbesola

Rauf-Aregbesola-Osun-State-governor-on-floodingThe Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Sunday assured Nigerians that the current economic recession would soon be over.

Aregbesola said the present stalemate in the nation’s economy remains a temporary test on transition.

The Governor gave the assurance while addressing members of the state Muslim Community who gathered at Osogbo City Stadium to celebrate the Islamic New Year of Hijrah 1438, seen as a period after the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Medina.

Mr Aregbesola urged Nigerians to remain patient and embrace the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the current hardship was being ameliorated.

He attributed the challenges facing the country to bad governance in the past, saying the country had gotten to a stage of putting her predicaments behind.

Too Much Of Sins

Aregbesola, who was represented by the Chief of Staff to the Office of the Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, noted that Prophet Muhammad migrated due to hardship faced in the course of preaching Islam.

He stressed that endurance in the face of hardship was exemplified by Prophet Muhammad, assuring Nigerians that the nation will get over recession.

Governor Aregbesola, who expressed confidence in the ability of President Buhari to bring the much desired change to all facets of the economy, said the APC-led administration would not disappoint Nigerians.

He advised Nigerians to be agents of the change they desired, stressing that “change begins with everyone”.

The Governor, however, called on Muslims to sustain tolerance to other religions by living together in peace, love and unity so as to enhance national growth and development.

Mr Aregbesola also used the occasion to admonish the people on the need to pay their taxes, promising that the tax would be managed effectively for the progress of the state.

Earlier, the guest lecturer, Sheik Muslim Husain Akinola, attributed the economic recession to too much of sins.

Speaking on the theme: “Current Economic Recession in Nigeria: Manmade or God Ordained?, Sheik Akinola, insisted that economic recession was caused by Nigerians.

Quoting copiously from the Quran, Akinola who is the Khalifa (heir), Sheik Abdul Baaqi Muhammad, Islahudeen Missionary, noted that Allah had warned against the current hardship period.

He stated that God had promised hardship for any nation that rejoiced in sin, maintaining that the only remedy was for everybody to repent.

This year’s Hijrah programme was organised by the State Muslim Community in conjunction with the state government.

Hajj Stampede: Buhari Orders NAHCON To Account For All Nigerian Pilgrims

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to urgently account for all Nigerian pilgrims in the aftermath of last Thursday’s disaster at Mina.

The Presidential directive, contained in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, follows conflicting reports on the number of Nigerians who died or suffered injuries in the catastrophe which claimed well over 700 lives.

“President Buhari is very concerned that days after the unfortunate incident, some Nigerian families are still grappling with painful uncertainty over the fate of their relatives who traveled to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj.

“The President expects the National Hajj Commission to work with the various state pilgrim boards, Islamic organisations and private travel agencies involved in Hajj operations to speedily provide a confirmed and verifiable report on the status of every Nigerian pilgrim in Saudi Arabia”, Mr Adeshina said.

President Buhari has also directed the Hajj Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to give all necessary assistance to Nigerians who are still receiving treatment for injuries suffered in Mina.

The President also prayed that the Almighty Allah receive the souls of the dead, comfort bereaved families, heal the injured and bring all surviving Nigerian pilgrims safely home.

NAHCON had earlier on Monday confirmed the death of 54 Nigerians in the deadly stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, during this year’s Hajj.

The Chairman of NAHCON, Mr. Abdullahi Mohammed, said that 42 out of the 54 that died were from states pilgrims welfare board including two NAHCON officials, while others were among those on pilgrimage by private tour operators.

He made the confirmation in Makkah on Monday.

He also listed 15 states of Bauchi, Borno, Zamfara, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Sokoto, Taraba and Yobe, as those that lost pilgrims to the stampede.

The incident is said to have claimed at least 720 lives.

Hajj Stampede: NAHCON Confirms Death Of 54 Nigerians

hajj-nahconThe National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has confirmed the death of 54 Nigerians in the deadly stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, during this year’s Hajj.

The Chairman of NAHCON, Mr. Abdullahi Mohammed, said that 42 out of the 54 that died were from states pilgrims welfare board including two NAHCON officials, while others were among those on the pilgrimage by private tour operators.

He made the confirmation in Makkah on Monday.

He also listed 15 states of Bauchi, Borno, Zamfara, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Sokoto, Taraba and Yobe, as those that lost pilgrims to the stampede.

The incident is said to have claimed at least 720 lives.