President Buhari Departs Saudi Arabia For London

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday departed Makkah for the United Kingdom after he successfully performed the Lesser Hajj.

Concise News reports that the President left the Abdulaziz International Airport Jeddah at about 1.30pm (local time) while his presidential aircraft took-off for London at exactly 3.05pm.

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The departure was after all the airport protocol led by Mayor of Jeddah, Almeer bin Abdallah bin Jalawi.

This online news medium reports that before performing the Umrah, President Buhari had attended three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh from Oct. 29, to Oct. 31.

While in Riyadh, the President on Wednesday held bilateral talks with King Salman in Riyadh, during which both leaders committed to deeper partnership especially in the areas of oil and gas for the development of both countries.

On Thursday, the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, paid a courtesy visit to President Buhari at his hotel room at The Ritz Carlton.

At the event, the prince called for the establishment of Nigeria-Saudi Council aimed at promoting investments and enhancing relations between both countries.

The Council would be made up of government officials and business leaders from both countries and the areas of focus are: economic growth and development, investments in oil and non-oil sectors, and security cooperation.

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.