- Aisha Buhari expressed concern over the codeine addiction rampant among Nigerian youths
- She appealed to security agencies as well as the relevant stakeholders to address the menace
- Mrs Buhari also said her NGO is working with wives of the northern governors to tackle the problem
The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has expressed worry over the alarming rate of codeine consumption among Nigeria youths.
She called on relevant stakeholders to tackle the rising cases of drug abuse among youths in Nigeria.
Mrs Buhari, who expressed the concern on Tuesday, May 1, on her Instagram page, said it was alarming the rate at which the younger generation of Nigerians, especially in the north, engaged in substance abuse.
Sharing the BBC investigative report on codeine addiction among the Nigerian youths, Mrs Buhari expressed dismay over the rising cases of illegal consumption of codeine among youths.
She, therefore, enjoined parents across the country to monitor their children, to prevent them from engaging in drug abuse.
The first lady also appealed to security agencies to take a holistic fight against the menace.
She said her NGO, the Future Assured initiative, in collaboration with the wives of the northern governors, are working tirelessly to address the problem.
Her Instagram post: “I have noted with alarm the exponential rise of drug abuse in our country, especially in the North. As a parent, I am deeply saddened by this fact, it is important that we interupt the trend and encourage our children to stay drug-free.
“@Futureassured has a nationwide youth training and empowerment program which has constructive engagement as one of its direct goals. We also recently launched a war against substance abuse campaign. Simultaneously, the wives of northern governors are working tirelessly on the issue. They have recently renovated and commissioned a rehab center in Kogi and Kebbi state, while similar efforts are ongoing in other states.
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“I call on all security agencies, lawmakers, judiciary, drug manufacturers, civil society, regulators, teachers, parents, neighbours and YOU to take this as a personal war and halt the menace.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that following the release of the BBC investigative report on codeine consumption that implicated a sales rep of Emzor Pharmaceuticals, the pharmaceutical company issued an official statement explaining its role in the production and distribution of codeine in Nigeria.
It also said that the “Sales Rep depicted in the BBC video was initially placed on suspension and has now been summarily dismissed following an investigation.”
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