Some years back, only criminally- minded people are associated with drug abuse. That is no longer the case. Almost all category of people are involved, including women, children, elites and even our leaders.
I learnt about the establishment of the Directorate for Drugs, Narcotics and Human Trafficking by the Zamfara State Government last August, with Maj. Aliyu Muhammad Maradun Rtd as the Special Adviser.
I sincerely commend His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammad Matawallen Maradun for the giant effort.
I hope and pray that the government would give the Directorate all the necessary support it requires to discharge its mandate optimally, so that the menace of drug abuse could be brought to the barest level in the state.
Few weeks ago, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje introduced a policy by which all the candidates for the Chairmanship and Councillorship positions were subjected to compulsory drug test, based on which 6 candidates were disqualified for the January 6 Local Government Election.
I sincerely commend Ganguje for the bold step.
I hereby advise other state governors who are really serious about tackling the menace of drug abuse in our societies to emulate Gov Ganduje as well as take further steps to promulgate laws in their respective states under which candidates for elective positions and appointments be subjected to drug test by the NDLEA. This includes SSGs, Head of Service, Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Special Advisers, Directors- General, etc.
On our part, it is high time for us as citizens to begin to agitate for national laws under which, candidates be subjected to compulsory drug test by the NDLEA for the office of the President, Vice President, Governor, Deputy Governor, Senator, Member House of Representatives and Member State House of Assembly as well as appointment for Ministers, Chief of Staff, SGF, FHoS, Fed. Perm Sec, Directors, etc.
With these laws, a lot of our leaders will be compelled to drop the bad habit because they hate to be disqualified and embarrassed.
That is the easiest way to eliminate the practice once and for all.
Bello Galadi, Immediate- past Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (covering Zamfara State) and President of Bello Galadi Foundation.