By Victoria Ojeme
As Nigerian government battles to save the lives of the 12 Nigerians still on the death row in Indonesia, a retired ambassador, Suleiman Dahiru, has said that the fate of the convicts cannot be guaranteed by anyone.
12 Nigerians are currently on the death row besides the two, who were executed in Indonesia over alleged drug trafficking recently.
In an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Abuja, Dahiru, who had served the country as envoy in Brazil, Angola, the United States of America, Poland, Pakistan, among others, said law is no respecter of anybody.
“In Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Thailand and I think Singapore, if you are caught with drugs, you will die. In the case of Indonesia, even when you collect your visa application form, it is clearly stated that ‘don’t carry drugs, if you carry drugs, you will die.’ So you were warned before you even submitted your passport for visa.
“And when you get to the airport, I have been to their airport in Jakarta; you see signs warning people carrying drugs that the penalty is death. But unfortunately, some people think that they can beat the system. But the issue is that if today, you have succeeded in beating the system, you may not succeed tomorrow.