Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media & Publicity in a statement disclosed that President Buhari said: “On behalf of myself, government and people of Nigeria, I pray for speedy and full recovery of the Saudi King, one of the finest leaders I have ever met in the course of my interactions with world leaders.
“King Salman is a true friend of Nigeria who has never failed to identify with us at all times through important collaborations and cooperation.
“As the King receives medical attention, I send my best wishes and prayers for his speedy recovery.’’
The 84-year-old ruler, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who has ruled the world’s largest oil exporting nation since 2015 was admitted to hospital in the capital Riyadh, on Monday and is said to be suffering from inflammation of the gall bladder.
The king spent more than 2-1/2 years as the Saudi crown prince and deputy premier from June 2012 before becoming king. He also served as governor of the Riyadh region for more than 50 years.
The de facto ruler and next in line to the throne is the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, widely referred to as MbS.