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Saudi ambassador to Nigeria offers free surgeries to commemorate National Day



Mr Faisal Alghamdi

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced its commitment to provide free surgeries for Nigerian citizens as part of the Nur-Saudi Voluntary Campaign in Nigeria as it celebrates its 93rd National Day celebration at the ambassador, Mr Faisal Alghamdi’s residence in Abuja.

He noted that this initiative was approved by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Al Saud, in 2022.

ThePressNG reports that the Kingdom’s national day is celebrated every year on Sept. 23rd, but since the day fell on a Saturday, it was celebrated on Sept. 25.

The celebration commemorated the unification of all regions of the Kingdom by King Abdulaziz Al Saud. It was attended by government officials, heads of diplomatic missions, representatives from international organizations, prominent business figures, and other distinguished guests.

Alghamdi said,

Addressing the bilateral relations between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Alghamdi emphasized that these historic ties, which date back to 1961, have continued to strengthen.

He expressed confidence that the relationship would further flourish under the new government as he highlighted the importance of mutual visits in enhancing bilateral relations across various levels.

Ambassador Alghamdi pointed out that in 2022, approximately 200,000 Nigerians travelled to Saudi Arabia, with 95,000 of them being pilgrims and over 90,000 on minor pilgrimage.

During the same period, Saudi Arabia granted 200 scholarships to Nigerian students, both male and female. Additionally, the trade volume between the two nations exceeded $600 million.