BY SHOLA OGUNTOYE
Insecurity challenge can be addressed when proliferation, unrestrained trafficking and widespread abuse of illicit substances are given desired attention by the nation’s authorities.
Guest speaker and Chairman, Nigeria Drug And Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, retired Brigadier General Buba Marwa made the remark while addressing people in Futa during the occasion of this year’s Ulefunta Festival lecture tagged: Effects of Drugs on Our Youths and the Nation Security.
General Marwa, represented by former Director of NDLEA, Mr Lanre Ipinmeso hinted that in the developing countries like Nigeria, controlled substances were the escalator of strife, pogrom and civil unrest as being witnessed in north east, north West and south east of Nigeria.
He charged the gathering, individuals and government at all levels never to subscribe to the campaign for the legalisation of Cannabis which could further endangered national security.
In his remark at the occasion, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi submitted that taking illicit drugs would complicate one’s problems noting that abstinence was the best for mankind.
On his part, the chairman of the occasion and the Olu of Ilu Abo, Chief Olu Falae, noted that drug abuse had become a universal threat to global peace calling on all stakeholders including the media to launch campaign against substance abuses.
Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu represented by the state’s commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, Sir Charles Titiloye opined that the interest of ondo state government was not to abuse cannabis utilization and legalization but for the government to control its usage to the people’s advantage.