President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Saudi Arabian government for creating an enabling environment for pilgrims in 2018. The President stated this yesterday at the presidential villa, Abuja, while receiving Letters of Credence from the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Ahmet Melih Ulueren; High Commissioner of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh, E.M.D. Shameem Ahsan and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Adnan Bin Mahmoud Bin Muhammad Bostasi.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari assured ambassadors in Nigeria of continued support and ease of access to ensure improved relations and shared benefits for both countries.
The President told the Saudi Arabian envoy that Nigeria was particularly delighted with the support it had received from the country on security and economic issues, adding that the immigration and logistic challenges encountered by pilgrims had been significantly smoothened.
“I have written a letter to His Majesty suggesting the creation of more bio-metric capturing centres, so that Nigerians, who travel for Hajj in thousands, will find the experience easier.
“I appreciate His Majesty’s large-heartedness in accommodating pilgrims from all the over the world, and do extend our deep gratitude for all the hospitality,’’ he said.