A grouping, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), on Saturday urged the federal, the province governments and individuals to back up the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), to eradicate illicit drug in the country.
In a statement, MURIC Managing director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, who commended the drug fighting agency, said MURIC is deeply worried by the increasing moving ridge of violence in the country.
According to him, to a greater extent disturbing was the rate of drug abuse amid adults, both males and females.
“We regard a nexus betwixt the high law-breaking rate in Nigeria and drug addiction. The symbiotic human relationship betwixt law-breaking and drug can easily be gleaned from happenings in countries similar United Mexican States, Italian Republic, Republic of Peru, Columbia, Republic of Guatemala, Venezuela and Republic of El Salvador where drug cartels and drug gangs kill at will,” he said.
He appealed to the regime to urgently ascent to the challenge by giving all essential back up to the NDLEA to preserve Nigeria from fitting one of those drug-infested countries of Latin America and Europe.
He said the Federal Authorities must adopt a holistic approach to tackle the hydraheaded monster which threatens to swallow upward social tell.
“Already the signs are not so good as the statistics are alarming. Psychoactive substances, specially cannabis, morphine, codeine and tramadol are consumed with reckless abandon by Nigerians.
“At to the lowest degree 14.4% of the total population or in relation to 14.3 million Nigerians within the reach of 15 and 64 years are drug users,” he said.
He said “drug abuse is found to be most common amid those betwixt the ages of 25 and 39 years. Unfortunately 27.7% of the users are youths who should face their studies or trainings.’
He urged Nigerian authorities to “regard serious danger in this statistics because it tends to trounce world records. For whereas global annual utilization is estimated at 5.6% amid the adult population, Nigeria brandishes 14.4% drug users in its total population.”
“Cannabis is the most commonly abused as it is used by an estimated 10.8% of the population, representing 10.6 million people. One in every 7 persons have used opioids of one type or some other. Also, one in every 4 users is a adult female.
“Drug utilization is responsible for the growth in criminality in Nigeria. It is also behind high suicide rate in the country. As well, Nigeria’s efforts at facing the rising challenge of insecurity may remain a piping dream unless the regime tackles the drug saga headlong.
“Security agents have reported finding drugs amid items left behind by Boko Haram insurgents on the run. Drugs have also been found in the possession of armed robbers and kidnappers arrested by the constabulary,” he added.
He said the most alarming
trend is was its utilization amid students in both tertiary institutions and secondary schools.
“The visible light we regard at the finish of the tunnel in the state of war against narcotics is Brigadier Full general Buba Marwa. NDLEA, which was in comatose before his advent in Jan 2021 as the Managing director Full general, has since sprang to life.
“To a greater extent than N30 billion worth of cocaine has been seized at the Lagos airport within the small spell that he came on board. N32 billion worth of cocaine was also impounded at the Tin Can Port spell 200kg of drugs were seized at the Lagos, Kano, and Abuja airports.
“The biggest haul was the 233,000 kg of cannabis which was seized in a community in Edo province. As well, many drug barons who have been evasive for long have been apprehended.
“MURIC charged the Federal Authorities in specific and all province governments and other agencies in full general to give NDLEA every essential back up it may demand. We urge parents to stand up upward to be counted in loco parentis. Counselling at home and monitoring should be intensified.
“Authorities of both secondary schools and institutions of higher learning should give the counselling department greater precedence in tell to guide our immature ones,” he stated.
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