President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his delegation performed lesser hajj in the holy land of Makkah yesterday.
The President arrived Makkah via Jeddah from Madinah at about 1.20 a.m. (local time) on Thursday, where he had gone on Wednesday to visit and pray at the tomb of the Holy Prophet Muhammad and Caliphs, (Disciples) as part of the islamic religious rites.
He proceeded to the Holy Mosque, Ka’abah, for the performance of the Umrah. During the exercise, some of the same pilgrimage rites are performed.
The rites include, Tawaf (going round the Ka’aba) seven times) and Sa’i, (walking and running between the hills of Safa and Marwa) also seven ends up with two raka’at prayers and special supplications for God’s blessings.
The President performed the ritual alongside the governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, Kashim Shettima of Borno, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Aminu Masari of Katsina and Sen. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state.
Others were the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), the Emir of Kano, Dr Muhammadu Sanusi II, Oba of Lagos, Alhaji Rilwan Akiolu, and foremost industrialists, Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua and Wale Tinubu among others.
Gov Yari told journalists that the exercise was an indication of the commitment of the President towards the peace, progress and stability of the country.
‘The visit to Mecca and Madina is actually a personal spiritual journey for the President and he used the opportunity to pray for the country and prayed for peace progress of more significance for the nation,’’
“Well as it is well known, Mecca is the holiest city in Islam and the Ka’aba is the holiest Mosque and also the Mosque of the Prophet in Madina. So essentially Mr. President went to Madina this morning, visited the tomb of the Prophet and the Caliphs prayed in the Mosque and spent the whole day which is one of the most rewarding rites in Islam to visit the Prophet and pray at his tomb.
“And he came and performed the Umrah, which is lesser hajj. The hajj is performed once a year, but Umrah can be performed anytime, and he is has just completed that”.
“He added, “I believe the President used the opportunity to pray for the country and prayed for peace progress of more significance for the nation, with the state visit to Riyadh itself and opportunity to discuss with the government of Saudi Arabia on areas of mutual interest, be it security, how to deal with the radicalization, has to do the price of oil which is affecting both our countries, hitting our reserves, affecting exchange rates and what the two countries can do to stabilize the price of oil and firm up the market,” he said.
Shagari, oldest surviving father of Nigeria -Saraki
By Olugbenga Salami
As former President Shehu Usman Shagari marks his 91st birthday anniversary, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday described him as the oldest surviving father Olathe nation.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the Second Republic President is one of the last men standing among the nationalists who fought for the independence of Nigeria.
According to him, Shagari’s humility, unparalleled contributions, benevolence and statesmanship stand him out among his peers both in Nigeria and in the African continent.
Saraki said: “It is a great honour for me to join millions of Nigerians to wish you a happy 91st birthday. Let me say that you are a great source of inspiration to all of us having served the nation in a most meritorious manner, both as an educationist, minister and President with all your energy, wisdom and devotion. It is worthy of note that you are the oldest surviving head of the Nigerian nation today.
“Also, you remain a living library of Nigerian politics. Above all, it has taken many years and many miles for you to get to this very day, therefore, enjoy your well earned attainment in life,” he said.
The Senate President prayed the Almighty Allah to grant Shagari excellent health and many more years on earth to “enable us to continue to benefit from your wisdom and experience.”


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  • vic

    CELEBRATING LESSER HAJ, AFTER CHOPPING HEAVY ESTA CODE DOLLARS AND EXTRAVAGANZA LUXURY TOUR TO SAUDI ARABIA AND THE EMIRATES BY THE AIMLESS, GLOBE-TROTTING TOURIST BUHARI AND SOME OF HIS MINISTERS, WHILE A MAJORITY OF POOR MASSES IN NIGERIA DO NOT GET A MEAL A DAY WITH NO BASIC MEDICINES AND LIVE IN ABSOLUTE POVERTY AND PENURY, MORE THAN 9 MONTHS INTO BUHARI’S LOUSY, SNAIL SPEED, DO-NOTHING ADMINISTRATION.

    BUHARI IS PROVING TO BE A DICTATOR WITHOUT ANY HEART OR MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS AFTER MANAGING TO REACH ASO ROCK BEATING HIS FALSE DRUM FOR THE WELFARE OF POOR MASSES OF NIGERIA. CLEARLY, BUHARI HAS PROVEN TO BE A MAN OF LIES, DECEPTION, DOUBLE STANDARDS AND DOWNRIGHT FRAUD, ROBBING THE TSA FOR HIS PERSONAL AMBITIONS AND SELF-GRATIFICATION. DURING THE PAST 9 MONTHS BUHARI HAS WASTED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TOURING 24 COUNTRIES TRYING TO SEEK SELF-IMPORTANCE AND SELF-RECOGNITION BY FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, BUT THEY CARE TWO HOOTS FOR THIS UNDERDEVELOPED BACKWARD BUHARI.