President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that government will sustain the offensive against drug trafficking even as he asked Nigerians abroad to provide information that will help the government to curb the menace.
His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu reported that President Buhari stressed the need to intensify efforts toward exposing those involved in drug trafficking and illegal trade at a meeting with Nigerians in Saudi Arabia at the end of viist to Saudi Arabia for the lesser hajj.
The president also noted the exposure of a network of drug dealers operating at one of Nigeria’s international airports, who were discovered to be tagging bags filled with drugs in the name of unsuspecting passengers and called for more vigilance.
The president, he said, urged all Nigerians to refrain from breaching the laws of other countries and warned that “every country has its own unpatriotic citizens. In China and Saudi Arabia, the laws are stringent on these things. Our citizens must obey our laws. They must respect the laws of other jurisdictions and if they don’t, then they should blame themselves, not the harsh laws that they meet.’’
The President also expressed gratitude for the support and prayers of Nigerians in Saudi Arabia for the country, assuring them that his administration would do its best to secure the country, improve the economy and fight corruption.
“We have tried in the war against terrorism and citizens in the Northeast are our best witnesses.
“Agriculture is doing well, to the point that we are food self-sufficient, as a result helping the nation to save money on imports,” he added.
On the renewal of his mandate for a second term, President Buhari said he owed Nigerians a debt of gratitude. “We are doing our best. I will continue to keep the trust of citizens. I am happy Nigerians have confidence in us.
“The crowds I witnessed in my campaign across the 36 states were not staged. No amount of money could have generated that enthusiasm.
“I assure everyone that I will continue to do my best. I will keep the trust of Nigerians,’’ he said.
The leader of Nigerian diaspora community delegation, Alhaji Umar Dan Hadejia, congratulated the President on his second term re-election and promised their continued support.
The delegation listed a number of challenges they were facing in Saudi Arabia, including activities of drug traffickers.