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PRESIDENT BUHARI DEPARTS SAUDI ARABIA FOR NIGERIA

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President Muhammadu Buhari had departed the royal terminal of King AbdulAziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for Abuja, after attending the 14th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Makkah.

According to sources, the presidential aircraft conveying the President and members of his entourage left the Jeddah airport for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 2:45pm local time on Sunday.

Some senior officials of the Government of Saudi Arabia led by the Deputy Governor of Mecca Province, Abdullah Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz, were at the airport to bid the President farewell.

Also at the airport to bid President Buhari farewell were officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia.

While in Saudi Arabia, the President participated in the OIC Summit where he noted with delight the decision of the organisation to support the Inter-Basin Water Transfer Project, aimed at recharging the Lake Chad.

President Buhari, during the summit, also thanked the organisation for its various interventions under the Special Programme for the Development of Africa and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development.

According to him, the robust interventions of the various OIC institutions, particularly the IDB group, had been effective in such key sectors as trade and investment, agriculture, rural development and food security.

He expressed confidence that the continued support of Nigeria’s multilateral partners, notably the OIC and the Islamic Development Bank group, would be most needed as the country redoubled efforts towards achieving rapid socio-economic development.

Shortly before leaving Makkah, President Buhari met briefly with the former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, who was in Makkah to perform the lesser hajj.

The Nigerian leader had, during the summit, expressed appreciation to the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the elaborate arrangements for the success of the summit.

Since Nigeria joined the OIC in 1986, President Buhari has become the third Nigerian leader to attend its conference, after late President Umaru Yar’Adua and President Goodluck Jonathan.

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