President Buhari to visit Mecca to pray for Nigeria

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Nigeria’s President Mihammadu Buhari will visit Mecca to hold a special prayer for his country, during his one-week visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Special Adviser to the president on media and publicity Femi Adesina announced the president’s trips in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday.

The statement revealed that the president will be accompanied by the minister of state for petroleum Ibe Kachikwu and group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Buhari is expected to hold talks with Saudi authorities on stability in the prices of oil.

“Before going on to Doha, the president will also visit Medina and Mecca to pray for greater peace, prosperity and progress in Nigeria,” the statement read.

“President Buhari, who will be accompanied by a high-powered Federal Government delegation, including the Minister of State (Petroleum) and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, will first fly to Riyadyh for talks on Tuesday with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and senior officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“Ongoing efforts by Nigeria and other members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to achieve greater stability in the price of crude oil exports are expected to be high on the agenda of discussions between President Buhari and the Saudi Monarch.”

Nigeria which was just recently declared Africa’s biggest economy has been rocked by instability in oil prices. Oil accounts for a major of the West African country’s revenue.

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