President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday joined hundreds of Muslim faithful to perform Jumaat prayers at the Aso Villa Mosque in Abuja.
The Nigerian leader joined the congregation shortly after returning from Nairobi, Kenya, where he participated in the Special Session of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP@50).
The president had initially planned to visit London from Kenya for his routine medical check-up before returning to Abuja.
While in Kenya, the president also held a Town Hall Meeting with a group of Nigerians resident in the country where he reassured all Nigerians within and outside the country of their safety and protection.
According to him, his administration will continue to defend the interest of Nigerians wherever they may be as the nation begins the evacuation of citizens stranded following Russia/Ukraine war.
The President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, said in a statement that the president, who was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffery Onyeama, said:
“On our part as a government, we shall continue to defend the interests of all Nigerians wherever they may be.
”We have demonstrated this over time, as we have had cause to evacuate our citizens in harm’s way abroad.
”We did it in Libya, South Africa and we have just commenced doing the same in Ukraine, where thousands of our citizens, especially students, are trapped by the on-going war between Russia and Ukraine.”
After the Friday prayer the president continued with his official engagements in the villa.