AGF Malami partnered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to secure Aliyu’s release.
rCAN lauds Buhari’s speedy response in a case that would have potentially led to the death penalty.
The Reformed Christian Association of Nigeria (rCAN) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the prompt release of Zainab Aliyu from Saudi Arabian detention.
iDONSABI reports that Aliyu, a Nigerian student, was detained over illegal dosage of tramadol found in a bag labelled in her name at a Saudi Airport.
After reports showed that she was innocent, the president ordered the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, to forthwith ensure her release.
The Nigerian mission in the Kingdom on Tuesday succeeded in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in securing her release and one other Ibrahim who was also in detention.
In a statement released on Wednesday by Interim President, Pastor Enoch Atumeyi, the group noted that it was impressed by the president’s speedy response in a case that would have potentially led to the death penalty.
The group also said that the freedom procured for Zainab should be a platform from which to launch the primacy of the Nigerian life globally such that Nigerian anywhere in the world are reassured that they will never be left alone.
“rCAN makes this charge in the confidence and knowledge that President Buhari secured Zainab’s release not because himself and the young woman are both Muslims neither did the ease of with which the outcome was achieved has anything to do with Saudi Arabia being an Islamic country. The same result would have been gotten from any other country – Islamic, Christian, polytheist, or secular – so long as the government of such country recognizes the ongoing reforms that have set Nigeria on the path of becoming an axis of influence.
“We appreciate Mr President and his proactive efforts that delivered a positive intervention, which freed Zainab. Her experience is a wake-up call on the Federal Government to decisively go after the cartels and syndicates that place innocent Nigerians in arms way by sneaking illicit drugs into their luggage, particularly the cartel discovered to be operating at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.“
While stating that the work doesn’t end there for the Federal Government, the group opined that all hands must be on deck to ensure the release of other Nigerians languishing in various Saudi detentions.