President Buhari expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia, condemns attack

Ben Adam Shemang, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed Nigeria’s solidarity with the Saudi Arabian Kingdom in the aftermath of the ballistic missile launched by Houthi militias targeting the holy city of Makkah.

The Nigerian leader made the expression when he spoke with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia via a telephone chat on Sunday.

Condemning the heinous act which targeted innocent people, President Buhari said “it is reprehensible and ignoble for terrorists to target a holy land, where millions of Muslims from around the globe gather for pilgrimage”.

 The President expressed delight and appreciation to the Almighty Allah that the Saudi defence forces intercepted and downed the missile 65 km from the holy city of Makkah.

While speaking with King Salman, President Buhari reiterated the need “to strengthen international support and coalition in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, noting that when the world stands together, there is no way good would not prevail over evil”.

This is the second time that President Buhari is expressing solidarity with the Arab nation in the last four months.