By Kelvin Nwokoro
WARRI: The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA Delta State Command has commended the the Committee for the Defence of Human Right, CDHR Delta State for being catalyst for a drug free society.
This is following a sensitization on the newly launched War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) by President Muhammadu Buhari, organized by the CDHR.
At the event, the CDHR Chairman in Delta State, Comrade (Elder) A.P. Edariese had said, “The programme is timely. The CDHR deem it necessary to be proactive to be the first of its kind throughout Nigeria.
“We sensitized the youths who are the most affected to be beware and take care of all they do as it relates to drug.
“Drug and poverty are the main influencers of insecurity in the nation today.
“The youths become emboldened no matter the gravity of the crime either heinous or otherwise.
“When they take the drug, they don’t even value human being and so they can take lives at will because at that stage of being drugged, they don’t know the difference between human being and an animal.
“So, they take pleasure in slaughtering human being. And so, the insecurity is a product of drug abuse in our Nigerian youths. Moreover, poverty is also influencer of drug abuse.
“Nigeria situation does not allow person to have what to do. Those who finished from university, they have no jobs, those who learn skills have no money to establish. They’re roaming the streets.
“They’re easily captured by peer groups who are criminals already and they become indoctrinated. When they take the drugs, they now know that committing crime is being celebrated in Nigeria more than being hard working.
“For drug abuse to be eradicated in Nigeria, many sectors have to be purged.
“Majority of the politicians are cultists saying they take drugs and they send the youths to procure same for them.
“They give them cover and in bringing them to them. The youths now know the use of the drugs and enter into using it.
“Those who do kidnapping at the point of kidnapping, they’ve lost the human sense in them. So, even if it is their father they kidnap, they don’t bother. These are some of the issues.
“For drug abuse to be eliminated in our society, the politicians, those who are ruling us should go back to the drawing board and turn back from that filthy way.”
“DCP Abba Kyari is just a scapegoat today with regards to the alleged drug trafficking case against him.” If thorough investigation is allowed to be carried out, you will hardly find up to 40 percent of officers who are not involved in drugs.
“Nigerians have delight in becoming a force man, Police top brass, an Army, the Navy and others. By that, they’ve secured protection against arrest, against any form of justice against them. So, they use that acquired status to encourage drug trafficking.
“Because they know if they load their vehicle with drug, nobody will check them. They’re even the major carriers.
” Politicians who blare sirens when they’re moving , they use their vehicle to carry drugs and when they want to discharge them, it is the youths that they use to discharge them who now see them and have a taste of it.
“If drug abuse must be reduced, every sector of the country must have to purge themselves.”
“I am appealing to Nigerian leaders and politicians to go back to the fear of God and the laws they enacted with a view to pondering about its implications.
“Majority of our senior Police Officers, Army Officers, Naval Officers, Air force Officers, Custom Officers, majority of them are into these. It is the one that’s caught that is a criminal.”
“The consequences of the effects of drug abuse are becoming more obvious and disturbing in the society.
While noting that the effects of drug abuse are physical, Psychological, social and economic, Comrade Edariese said “the consequences of the abuse has led to brain, kidney, liver damage, hypertension, excessive heart beats, chronic bleeding, damage to unborn babies, impaired vision, sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, Psychosis, impaired judgment, terrorism, loss of job, family disintegration, expulsion from school, delinquency, criminal offences and others.
“Some of the drugs commonly abused are cannabis (hemp), alcohol, cocaine, heroin, codeine, tramadol, inhalant methamphetamine etc
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari launched WADA programme in 2021.