Nigerians on social media have reacted to the release of Zainab Aliyu, the student incriminated in drug-related matters and being detained by Saudi Arabian authorities.
Zainab Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, who travelled for Lesser Hajj in Dec. 2018 was detained by the Saudi Arabia authorities for allegedly being in possession of a banned substance.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that Zainab Aliyu was released to the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
The other victim, Ibrahim Abubakir will be released tomorrow.
DAILY POST had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari directed Mr Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to immediately intervene in the case of Zainab Aliyu, the student incriminated in drug-related matters and being detained by Saudi Arabian authorities.
Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora matters, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in a statement made available to DAILY POST, said that the President gave the directive two weeks ago when the matter was brought to his attention.
She said, “President Muhammadu Buhari gave the directive immediately the matter was brought to his attention about two weeks ago.
“My office has been working with the AGF as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in that regard.”
Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter:
@Rustychuks, “Thank God. Please don’t forget Leah.”
@tanko75338116, “It a good news am very happy to hear dis.”
@Obiee_O, “Thank God! Twitter Nigeria has a voice, and it’s a loud one.”
@Gfreaky1, “Big thanks to everyone involved in her release.”
@IfinwaJ, “Finally some good news. Thank you @MBuhari”.
@Chiadisly, “What about Leah? Cus she’s a Christian? @AsoRock.”
@Funkemyfun, “Thank God for her life. Only God knows how many innocent souls that would have lost their lives as a result of greed and wickedness of the Airport drug syndicates”.
@PEOPLESPOSSIBIL, “The alleged Yoruba woman was killed by the Saudi Authority few weeks ago”.
@xSterman, “Great great news! I hope all Nigerians in similar situations get such reprieve”.