Avoid Taking Drugs, KolaNut to Saudi Arabia ---- Abike Dabiri Warns

Abike Dabiri
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has charged intending Muslim pilgrims on the need to stay on the side of the law.

Dabiri-Erewa warned yet to depart for 2016 Hajj exercise to resist any temptation to take hard drugs to Saudi Arabia, reminding them that it attracts death penalty. The Saudi Arabian authorities have asked Nigerian pilgrims not to bring kola nuts during the 2016 Hajj.

More than 70,000 Nigerian pilgrims are expected to perform 2016 Hajj. Since the beginning of transportation of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in Aug. 15, more than five Nigerians have been arrested for alleged possession of substance suspected to be hard drugs as well as kola nuts.

The presidential aide in a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said that despite repeated warnings and workshops for intending pilgrims, it is disheartening that some Nigerians still ran foul of Saudi Arabia authorities’ law.
She reminded the pilgrims that some Nigerians caught with hard drugs in the last few years are still currently on death row in Saudi Arabia, pleading with pilgrims to shun the shameful act.

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