President Buhari Leaves For Saudi Arabia Today | Senate Confirms Emefiele’s Reappointment



President Muhammadu Buhari leaves Abuja today for the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to perform the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in the Kingdom.

The President’s Senior Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, yesterday.

According to the statement, the president, will be accompanied by close Personal aides, will embark on the journey on May 16th and return to Abuja on May 21st.

The president last performed the Umrah in Saudi Arabia in February 2016.

Umrah is an optional but recommended pilgrimage to Makkah that can be made at any time of the year.

However,

Nigerian Senate on Thursday confirmed the re-appointment of Central Bank of Nigeria’s Governor Godwin Emefiele.

Emefiele’s reappointment nomination letter was read during last Thursday plenary by Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki. Buhari, in the letter, urged the Senate to consider Emefiele’s reappointment having completed his first term in office.



Emefiele was first appointed by former Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 and his first tenure is expected to end in June 2019.



Following the renewal of his appointment for the next five years, the CBN governor will have to balance fighting inflation and propping up the currency against pressure to boost an economy that’s expanding slower than emerging-market peers.