Aisha Buhari cautions against criminalising drug addicts

Aisha Buhari cautions against criminalising drug addicts

- Aisha Buhari has cautioned against criminalising those addicted to hard drugs

- The president's wife who stated this in Kano on Thursday, December 6, said the society should begin to look at the main cause of drug abuse and address it for a lasting solution

- She commends the efforts of all government agencies in the fight against drug abuse in the country

Wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, ‎on Thursday, December 6, said the society should not criminalise those addicted to hard drugs.

She made the remark at the official flag-off of Youth Against Drug Abuse (YADA) campaign in Kano state, organised by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in collaboration with Young Pharmacists Group(YPG) at the Government House Kano, NAN reports. gathers that according to her, rather than isolating and discriminating, the society should look beyond the problem and begin to look at the main cause of the problem and address it for a lasting solution.

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Represented by the wife of the vice president, Dolapo Osinbajo, Mrs Buhari decried the prevalence of drug abuse among youths.

She said that drug abuse had prevented persons suffering from injuries and other illnesses to have access to drug such as tramadol and other strong pain killers as they had been banned by the government.

"As a result of drug influence, the lives of many youths have been destroyed as they engage in all sort of heinous crimes which has led to their incarceration.

“It must be understood that whatever crime someone under the influence of drugs commits is influenced by the drug.

“I want to commend the efforts of all government agencies in the fight against drug abuse in the country and that such efforts has led to the arrest and confiscation of 86 containers containing prohibited drugs,” she stated.

Earlier, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, advised youths to shun all forms of drug abuse and engage in productive activities that would contribute to the growth of the state and nation at large.

He said that his government was committed to transforming the lives of persons engaged in drug abuse to better persons as the Kano Reformatory Home was currently under renovation where patients would be rehabilitated and acquire vocational skills.

In a remark, the director general of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, said about 70 per cent of youths essentially, young boys, abuse illicit drugs in Kano.

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Adeyeye who said that recent survey conducted revealed that prescription drugs abuse was fast-emerging a public health challenge especially in the northern part of Nigeria.

She regretted that young girls and women of childbearing age in Kano were not left out of the endemic nature of the hard drugs in the state which she claimed many users considered to overcome their frustration.

Meanwhile, previously reported that a group identified as the Northern Women Assembly (NWA) raised alarm over the increasing use of hard drugs, especially by women in Kano and Katsina states.

The group called on the federal government to, as a matter of urgency, attend to the abnormality.

At a briefing in Abuja, NWA said its findings showed that more women in the two states now use hard drugs due to “frustration, peer influence and lack of education.”

According to the president of the group, Aisha Hussain, hard drugs abuse among the northern women would be tackled when the government and private organisations intensify on sensitisation and enlightenment of the people. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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