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President Muhammadu Buhari will embark on a trip to perform the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in the Saudi Arabia Kingdom.

He has accepted the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, said a statement from the presidency Wednesday.

” To this effect, the President, accompanied by close personal aides, will embark on the journey on Thursday, 16th May, the statement said further.

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

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

Umrah is not considered as compulsory but it is highly recommended in Islam. There are two different types of Umrah. Umrah can be combined with the Hajj (Umrat al-tammatu) or taken independently of the Hajj (al-Umrat al mufradah).

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