President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday departed Makkah, Saudi Arabia, via Abdulaziz International Airport Jeddah for Unitted Kingdom, UK, after he successfully performed the Lesser Hajj, Umrah.
The President left Makkah for Jeddah at about 1.30pm (local time) while his presidential aircraft took-off for London at exactly 3.05pm.
The departure was after all the airport protocol led by Mayor of Jeddah, Almeer bin Abdallah bin Jalawi.
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 Mr 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.
“President Buhari and the Crown Prince agreed that the first assignment for the Council is to establish a legal and operational framework that will facilitate investments beneficial to both countries.
“The Council will be established in the next two months while meetings will be held twice every year,’’ Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu had said in a statement on Thursday.
“To ensure that relations between both countries remain active, it was also agreed that leaders of both countries, at the highest level, will meet at least once every year to review the progress of the joint council and ensure closer collaboration on issues of mutual interest,” Mr Shehu added.
President Buhari thanked the Crown Prince for the Kingdom’s interest in investing in Nigeria and the initiative to establish the Council which would form the foundation for a stronger Nigeria-Saudi relationship.
‘‘Nigeria has a large population mainly made up of dynamic, young people and partnerships of this type will help them to be productive and prosperous,’’ he added.
The president was accompanied on the Saudi trip by Governors Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Prof. Babagana Zulum of Borno and Aminu Masari of Katsina.
The governors and other members of the entourage departed Jeddah for Abuja as Mr Buhari only travelled with very few of his aides to London.