Nigeria’s economic woes fuelling drug abuse among youths – Obi

.Mourns Ajimobi

By Valentine Amanze

The Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, His Excellency Mr Peter Obi, has blamed the high rate of drug abuse among Nigerian youths to the worsening economy in the country.
He said that a visible economic recovery would force a drastic reduction in the number of drug abusers in the country.

Obi’s view was via a statement commemorating the 2020 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, themed, "Better Knowledge for Better Care.

He pointed out that ignorance, youth unemployment and frustration were major contributing factors to drug abuse and illicit trafficking in Nigeria.
The Anambra State former governor also said that a wholesome war against drug abuse and illicit trafficking would involve mitigating the harsh economic realities people contend with in their daily lives.

Obi pointed out that engaging the youths in productive endeavours by providing jobs and investing heavily in the MSME sector would help curb the rising rate of drugs and substance abuse.

His words: “The increasing rate of drug and substance abuse and illicit trafficking in the world, more so in our country, Nigeria, is very worrisome. The harsh economic realities we live through each day in our country can be so overwhelming and has contributed in frustrating many youths into unwholesome acts like drug addictions and substance abuse.

“A wholesome war against drug abuse will involve measures taken by the government to stem unemployment and investing heavily in the MSME sector to engage the youths in productive endeavours. An idle mind, they say, is a devil’s workshop.

“A good economic environment will also discourage illicit trafficking which thrives in environments of conflict, violence, and organized crime.”

Besides, he called on the government and relevant organizations to engage in massive awareness on the dangers of drug abuse, while lending helping hands to those drowning in the ocean of drug addiction.

“It is our collective responsibility as a people; governments at all levels and organizations, to unite and eradicate this evil menace ravaging our society by constantly educating our wards on the ugly repercussions of drug abuse while proffering solutions to those who are already neck deep into drug abuse and other addictions”, Obi said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Peter Obi has reacted on the death of Oyo State former governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, on Thursday.
Through his Media aide, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, the Anambra State ex-governor said that Ajimobi’s death was painful.
He prayed to God to grant him eternal rest and to bring solace to the entire world.

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