Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has said that the country would prefer to celebrate many Nigerians that are doing great things in other countries of the world rather than gloating over a few ones that are tarnishing the image of the country.
“We have Nigerians doing great things all over the world; we are going to focus on them.”
Dabiri-Erewa, who announced in an interview with newsmen in Abuja today, Friday, the arrest of another Nigerian woman in Jeddah airport, Saudi Arabia for allegedly smuggling about 1,138g of cocaine, expressed disappointment that this is coming shortly after a Nigerian lady was executed in the same country for a related offence.
“The sad thing is that in the midst of talking of about 20 Nigerians on death roll, even as eight had been executed, just yesterday another Nigerian, Wahid Somade, was arrested at Jeddah airport with about I,138g of cocaine. The latest one would be added to those that could be executed.
”We keep appealing to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure trial is fair. And we keep begging Nigerians to obey the laws of other countries and Saudi has replied us officially, saying their law is their law.
“However, diplomatic engagement will continue at the highest level.
“It does not matter where you come from, you hold a green passport. Do not let a few people denigrate every one of us,” she said.