Northern youth under the auspices of the Northern Youth Assembly of Nigeria (NYAN) as of Tuesday launched a campaign against violence and drug abuse among youth in Bauchi State as 2019 general election approaches.
Speaking during the occasion, the national speaker of the assembly Ukasha Hamza Rahama said that the campaign became imperative because some irresponsible politicians might use drugs on some youth to cause violence in order to achieve their political mission. He opined that although there were agitations for youth’s active participation in politics, they should not belittle themselves to become political thugs of candidates who will later dump them after the election.
Rahama assured that the assembly would partner with relevant stakeholders in the fight to eradicate drug and substance abuse in the society. The speaker advocated the establishment of skill acquisition centers to address youth restiveness that makes them indulge in drug addiction and called for the establishment of rehabilitation centers for the addicts as part of measures to curb the menace.
Also speaking, the Medical Director of PAHLYCON Hospital Bauchi, Dr. Hassan Mohammed Garba, who is also the chairman of Guild of Medical Directors of Private Hospitals in Bauchi State, promised to support the assembly to find a lasting solution to the menace in the society. Also, the Representative of the Bauchi State Commandant of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Muhammed Bawa, who attributed proliferation of illegal drugs in the society to unauthorized sale of cold syrups at chemists, disclosed that the northern party of the country had the highest number of drug abusers.