Sanusi: Nigerian leaders should take drug test

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Muhammadu Sanusi, the Emir of Kano, has called for a law obligating Nigerian leaders to take drug test.

He made this call at the opening of a two-day Senate Roundtable on Drug Abuse Epidemic in Nigeria facilitated by the Senate in Kano on Monday, December 18, 2017.

The Emir alleged that leaders in the country condone the use of illegal substance by their bodyguards and thugs, report says.

Speaking at the roundtable, he said:

‘I will be happy to subject myself to drug test. We deceive ourselves if we say we are not part of the problem. 90 per cent of issues that we have, flourish due to lack of political will.

Anybody who an element of drug abuse is found in him should quickly resign his position because he is not fit to hold public position.

Today, it is better to be a drug baron on the payroll of a political leader, than to be a legally recognised security man, which means we must clean our acts before trying to achieve anything.’

The Emir also said it was hypocritical and amounted to mere talk for a governor or senator or any big political office holder to speak against drug abuse in the society, while having highly drugged thugs as body guards moving around freely.

He also said:

‘If we are not implementing these laws in the books, what assurance do we have that new ones will be implemented?

The trade in illicit drugs is a protective trade, and we must ask, who are those involved in this? How many rehabilitation centres do we have? How well equipped are they ready for the challenges; how many capacity development centres do we have? I think we must answer these questions for us to make headway.

Like I always say, if you don’t want to hear the truth, don’t invite me. Our major problem is that we are not implementing the laws we have for regulating drugs.

We have guidelines on who is allowed to sell drugs and who to sell the drugs to, but we are not following these guidelines.’

Senate President Bukola Saraki explained that roundtable was part of the moves by the National Assembly to tackle the menace of drug abuse in Nigeria.

Senate President Saraki said:

‘If we continue to be a society that ignores laws and do as we wish, we are not far from being a failed state.

But in the Senate, we are firm in ensuring that what is right is done to protect the nation.  We want to see here before we finish the two-day roundtable in Kano that some pharmacies are closed down for violating the rules. Then we will know we are serious about it.’

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