Nigerian citizens, especially the youth of Kwara State have been enjoined to shun any form of drug abuse and other related criminal tendencies as a precondition for healthier and productive life.
Former Labour Party (LP) candidate in 2019 gubernatorial election in kwara state, Comrade Issa Aremu mni, made the appeal on Wednesday in Ilorin in a statement to mark this year’s edition of the United Nations Day Against Drug Abuse.
Comrade Aremu called for a comprehensive Drug policy for the nation that would emphasize prevention through education among youths, rehabilitation of victims and harsh sanctions for drug peddlers.
He observed that abuse of drugs mostly among the vulnerable unemployed youths is fueling criminality and violence of various forms, saying that the need to stem it tide becomes imperative.
He therefore called for an urgent need for a new government/community partnership to “crack down on drug trafficking and those who profit from human misery” as demanded by UN Secretary General, António Guterres.
The front line labour leader in Nigeria said the 2018 Global Report on Drug which cited Nigeria and India as countries with growing abuse of dangerous substances like Opium and Tramadol is a rude awakening to halt the growing menace of drug abuse within the context of the theme of this year’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking which is “health for justice, justice for health”.