President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, on Monday departed Abuja for Saudi Arabia to join millions of Muslim faithful from around the world who are gathered in the holy land for this year’s Hajj.

A Press release signed by Lawan’s Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, states that, while in Saudi, Lawan “will seize the opportunity to pray for the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.”

“He will also pray for the success of the ninth National Assembly, now on annual recess, as the lawmakers engage themselves in legislative activities for the betterment and advancement of the country,” the release added.

Lawan is expected back in the country immediately after the Hajj pilgrimage.