Peter Obi Urged Govt. To Ensure Stringent Penalties On Drug Traffickers, Rehabilitate Youths Enshrined By Drugs

Peter Obi Urged Govt. To Ensure Stringent Penalties On Drug Traffickers, Rehabilitate Youths Enshrined By Drugs.
Peter Obi Urged Govt. To Ensure Stringent Penalties On Drug Traffickers, Rehabilitate Youths Enshrined By Drugs.

Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, has called for intensified efforts to tackle drug abuse in Nigeria. In a post on X commemorating the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2024, Obi emphasized the connection between drug abuse, crime, moral decay, and health risks.

The former Governor of Anambra State pointed out that drug abuse is particularly prevalent among Nigerian youth, driven by economic hardship and unemployment. He stressed the importance of government investment in prevention and rehabilitation to achieve a drug-free nation.

Obi wrote: “Today is dedicated by the global community to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It is a day to reinforce actions aimed at eradicating drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking from society.

“It also serves as a reminder of the need for more focused efforts to prevent drug abuse and guide those struggling with addiction towards recovery.

“In Nigeria, where poverty and unemployment are on the rise, drug abuse remains a significant issue among the youth. Economic hardship and other poor socio-economic factors have been identified as the primary drivers of drug abuse among our young people.

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“A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) indicates that Nigeria and some African countries will see a 40 percent increase in the number of drug users, especially among the youth, if urgent measures are not taken.

“The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) reports that approximately 14.3 million Nigerians aged 15-64 years abuse drugs. The National Bureau of Statistics reports a 14.4 percent drug prevalence in Nigeria, which is twice the global average of 5.8 percent.

“Drug and substance abuse have led to high crime rates, moral decay in society, and various health hazards. It also significantly reduces the productivity of the population, particularly the youth.

“We must, therefore, strive to save our nation from the scourge of drug abuse and illicit trafficking. Increased efforts must be directed towards preventing the spread of this issue.

“The government should invest in rehabilitating those already ensnared by drug abuse and impose stringent penalties on drug traffickers. With dedication and sincere actions, we can achieve a drug-free nation in a New Nigeria that is POssible.”

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