President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, May 15, accepted the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulsalami, ruler of Saudi Arabia and custodian of the two holy mosques.
The President was invited by the Saudi monarch to visit the country with the aim of performing the Umrah.
“The President will embark on the journey May 16th, and will be accompanied by close personal aides,” says Personal Assistant to the President, Bashir Ahmad.
Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Hijaz, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year, in contrast to the Ḥajj which has specific dates according to the Islamic lunar calendar.
Since the president and his wife, Aisha, arrived Saudi Arabia, several pictures video of them performing various religious rites have been shared on social media. See some below:
However, the among all the pictures and videos shared so far, the one that seems to attract Nigerians’ attractions the most is the one where the president spotted running during one of the religious rites.
Sharing the video on Twitter, CBN Gov Akinsola Ak tweeting at @cbngov_akin1 hilariously stated:
“PMB IN 100 METRES RELAY AS HE PRAYS FOR NIGERIA AT LESSER HAJJ President Buhari and his Wife Dr Aisha Buhari @aishambuhari performs Umrah (lesser Hajj) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia ME: See my President Running like @usainbolt Wailers said PMB is Jubril he can’t remove his CAP”
Also sharing the same video on Twitter, Just Event Online says by running at such a speed, President Buhari has proved “his critics wrong about his health status”.
“He was seen running at sarfa and marwa function in KSA whole performing lesser hajj along Muslims Ummah,” the tweet reads further. Similarly, Mathew tweeting at @ATM_ReGe also said: “I saw President Buhari at some point running… The same man the opposition said he’s not fit or are my eyes deceiving me?” President Buhari’s health status has repeated been a source of concern to many Nigerians especially as he spent a huge part of his first term in the UK treating a yet to be disclosed illness.