Peter Obi Urge FG, NDLEA To Re-Strategise On Drug War

LAGOS NOVEMBER 29TH (NEWSRANGERS)The Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in 2019 election, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on the Federal Government, especially the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to re-strategise on how to arrest the present menace of hard drugs in Nigeria, which, according to him, “is evidently ruining many youths.”

In a statement made available to the press by his Media Office, Obi said it would be irresponsible on the parts 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 hard drugs among Nigerian youths.

While commending various groups that have spoken on 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 will 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 these youths the society is supposed to repose hope on are disoriented or rendered visionless by a society that does not take their future into consideration, they  may  likely go off track.

Obi who said he recognized the great efforts 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 those fundamental wrongs as lasting panacea to the menace.

“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”, Obi concluded.

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