By Valentine Amanze
The Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to re-strategise on how to arrest the present menace of hard drugs in the Nigeria.
He lamented that the consumption of th illegal drugs “is evidently ruining many youths.”
In a statement issued by his Media Office, Obi said that it would be irresponsible on the part of the elders to keep quiet in the face of the ugly stories emanating from different parts of the country on the new trend on consumption of hard drugs among Nigerian youths.
While commending various groups that have condemned the menace, especially some towns that have been trying different methods to arrest the disturbing trend, Obi called on the NDLEA to devise a new strategy that would involve working closely with the government of various town unions across Nigeria towards arresting the new development.
Describing the youths as the future of any society, Obi said that when the youths who were supposed to repose hope on were disoriented or rendered visionless by a society that did not take their future into consideration, they would likely go off track.
Obi, who said that he recognized the effort the NDLEA was making in the fight against drug abuse, said that the rapidity and openness with which the youths were embracing the condemnable acts was a sign that something was fundamentally wrong with the society and called for the society to seek and correct the fundamental wrongs as lasting panacea to the menace.
His words: “The United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes (UNODC) has earlier reported that Nigeria has the highest drug abuse prevalence in the world, with 14.4 per cent of Nigerians presently engaged in drug abuse.
“The situation will possibly be worse now with the recent spate of drug abuse among Nigerian youths. A timely action by the government and the concerned agencies will help save the youths from the ugly trend”.