• Short Summary

    Nigeria's Head of State, Brigadier Murtala Muhammed joined in the Hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca on Tuesday (9 December) -- his first trip out of his country since he took power in a coup d'etat last July.

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    Nigeria's Head of State, Brigadier Murtala Muhammed joined in the Hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca on Tuesday (9 December) -- his first trip out of his country since he took power in a coup d'etat last July.

    Brigadier Muhammed was accompanied on a special Nigeria Airways Boeing 707 to Saudi Arabia by a state military governor, three traditional rulers and other Moslem officials.

    The Nigerian leader met King Khalid at the King's Palace in Mecca. The Saudi Arabian monarch, King Khalid is the guardian of Islam's holy shrines.

    Mecca is regarded as the birth place of Mohammed and owes its prosperity to the pilgrim trade. During the Hajj -- held annually -- the city is flooded by thousands of Moslems who make the pilgrimage.

    SYNOPSIS: At the king's Palace in Mecca on Tuesday, Nigeria's Head of State Brigadier Murtala Muhammed, paid a visit to Saudi Arabian King Khalid. It was part of Brigadier Muhammed's special journey to Saudi Arabia to join in the Hajj -- the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, birthplace of Mohammed.

    It is the first time the Brigadier has left Nigeria since he came to power there in a coup d'etat last July,
    All the male members of King Khalid's family were assembled in the palace. The King came to power last March following the assassination of his brother, King Faisal.

    All menarche of Saudi Arabia are esteemed in the Moslem world as being the guardians of the sacred shrines of Islam.

    Hundreds of members of the foreign diplomatic corps, based in Saudi Arabia, have also come to Mecca for the Hajj.

    Brigadier Muhammed flew to Mecca in a specially chartered aircraft along with a state military governor, three traditional rulers and other Moslem officials.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA955TQEJ9DNCZW9AAZZUJNUL2Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA955TQEJ9DNCZW9AAZZUJNUL2Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
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    N/A

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