Muslim Nigerians intending to perform Hajj have been advised to adhere strictly to the Saudi Arabia rules and regulations on prohibited items.


This was made known by Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).


According to Channels Television, Dabiri-Erewa on Wednesday urged Muslim Nigerians who were about having their inaugural flight to Saudi Arabia for the 2019 Hajj to resist the temptation of taking illegal drugs along with them.


She noted that despite knowing that death penalty is attached to such crimes, Nigerians have continued to disobey the Saudi Arabia authorities laws.


She told the pilgrims to avoid going with Kolanuts and prescription painkillers in large quantities as those items have also been banned in Saudi Arabia.


She disclosed that the Federal Government have made arrangements to attend to the medical needs of the pilgrims in Saudi Arabia through the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and various state boards.


She told them that there are also free medical centres in Saudi Arabia properly equipped with drugs to meet their medical needs.


The NIDCOM Chairman noted that failure to comply with the laws will attract severe penalties according to the country’s regulations.


Dabiri-Erewa also advised them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria by portraying the country in good image and pray for peace, unity, and progress of the country in the Holy land.