Emir Sanusi proposes that all Nigerian leaders be subjected to a drug test.
Drug abuse at this point has become a global phenomenon. The use and invariably the demand for it seems to be increasing by the moment.
Nigeria is one of the countries where the issue of drug abuse is sensitive. Thus a few days ago, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi urged the government to undertake a drug testing of all Nigerian political and religious leaders, including lawmakers, governors and traditional rulers.
In a time where West Africans are sold in Libya for illegal purposes and a time where leaders would rather have irrelevant statues erected for millions of dollars at the expense of hungry and dissatisfied people, it really is not a bad idea if some top government personnel subject themselves to a drug test.
The Emir’s point is that it is hypocritical for the nation to suppose that the menace is a problem when there are highly placed Nigerian leaders and associates who seem to be enjoying the crime but fully under the immunity of the law.
From his stand, we can say that Emir Sanusi is bluntly demanding for justice; for while the common average Nigeria is penalized for illegal drug use, there are thugs and even politicians who do same but remain untouched by the law.
On that note he believe it is only appropriate that the drug test should first start with top government officials and politicians. He also went as fas as making himself the first volunteer for the exercise.
“Anybody who elements of drugs abuse is found in him should quickly resign his position because he is not fit to hold (public) position.”
“We are rather deceiving ourselves if we do not accept that we are part of the problems when we allow highly drugged thugs act as our body guards, dumping legally accepted security agents.”
“Today, it is better to be a drug baron on the payroll of a political leader than to be a legally recognised security man, which means we must clean our acts before trying to achieve anything.”
“[I am]very ready and happy to be subjected now to drugs test. And if I am found not worthy of being emir, I will quietly resign because the matter is bigger than what we are talking about.”
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki who believes there is still hope in actualizing a drug-free society insinuates that as part of a follow up to the outcome of the anti-drug meeting in Kano, that some pharmacies found to be violating drug laws will be shut down.
While it was not clear if Emir Sanusi’s drug test proposition will be endorsed, Saraki also encouraged politicians to sincerely be part of the fight against drug abuse.
Last year, This Day reported that about 40% of Nigerian youths engage in substance abuse. The former Director General, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mr. Otunba Ipinmisho, in an interview spoke on the implications of substance abuse to the society and its cost to health facilities in the country.
In the words of the former DG,
“A growing number of studies show that individuals with addiction and chronic illnesses such as asthma, cardiovascular disease or diabetes, are likely to follow good self-care practices and, overall, receive lower quality of care than others with the same illness but no addiction. Nigeria loses $2 billions monthly to India for medical tourism.”
Addressing drug abuse in Nigeria has overtime taken a chunk of financial resources that would have been useful in other aspects of nation building.
According to the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Hafiz Abubakar, drugs worth N4.1 billion had been confiscated and burnt in the state, while another seizure worth N1 billion had been made and the suspects arrested.
Stressing the importance of tackling it, the state government called for the inclusion of drug abuse funds in the 2018 budget for the purpose of setting up rehabilitation centres.
Drug Abuse seems to be at the centre of all crimes perpetuated in the world today.