Protect women, youths against drug abuse - Aisha Buhari tasks female pharmacists

Protect women, youths against drug abuse - Aisha Buhari tasks female pharmacists

- Aisha Buhari appealed to female pharmacists to rise against drug abuse among women and youths in the country

- The first lady said her NGO, in collaboration with northern governors’ wives, have been advocating against the menace of drug abuse

- The female pharmacists also urged Mrs Buhari to partner with them through her NGO to provide medication for less privileged Nigerians

The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari, has appealed to members of the Association of Lady Pharmacists of Nigeria (ALPS) to end rising cases of drug abuse among women and youths in the country.

Mrs Buhari made the appeal on Wednesday, May 16, when she received a delegation of the female wing of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), led by their national chairman, Mrs Zainab Shariff, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The wife of the president, who decried the proliferation of illicit drugs in the hands of young people, said there was the need for relevant authorities to stem the menace.

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“These drugs have destroyed lives of many young girls and boys, hence the need for lady pharmacists to do everything possible to protect the lives of women and youths in Nigeria,’’ she said.

Mrs Buhari told them that her NGO, the Future Assured initiative, in collaboration with the wives of governors, has been in the forefront of the advocacy against drug abuse in Nigeria.

She, therefore, appealed for the establishment of practical rehabilitation centres across the country to care for the victims of drug abuse.

“This will go a long way in addressing the health and physical wellbeing of the victims,’’ she said.

The wife of the president also called on the lady pharmacists to make strong commitment and advocacy against the manufacturing and sale of illicit drugs.

Sharrif had earlier explained that the aim of the visit was to seek collaboration with the Future Assured initiative of Mrs Buhari to provide medication for less privileged Nigerians.

While emphasising the need for consumption of hygienic foods, the chairman of the female pharmacists said the association was promoting the planting of natural seeds for the production and processing of certified medicine.

She, therefore, urged the wife of the president to establish a unique and functional fruits and vegetable market for women through the Future Assured programme.

According to her, that will go a long way in setting an example for the local vegetable sellers in the area of hygiene control.

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She assured Mrs Buhari of their commitment to support the programmes of Future Assured in its bid to protect the health and well-being of women and children in Nigeria. previously reported that Mrs Buhari expressed worry over the alarming rate of codeine consumption among Nigeria youths.

She called on relevant stakeholders to tackle the rising cases of drug abuse among youths in Nigeria.

Mrs Buhari, who expressed the concern on Tuesday, May 1, on her Instagram page, said it was alarming the rate at which the younger generation of Nigerians, especially in the north, engaged in substance abuse.

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