“As legislators we brought law on consumption of liquor and others, public hearing was open so that people know the drugs that make youth to hallucinate and go out of their senses. Where are these drugs manufactured? Where are they sold? Who are the vendors? These laws are available in Kaduna today.
By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Contrary to the belief that politicians engaged youth for political activities, a member representing Chikun Constituency and Chairman, House Committee on Due Process and Public Procurement in Kaduna State House of Assembly, Honourable Markus Yari, has disclosed that nowadays the youth are the ones looking for politicians for engagement.
He disclosed at a one-day consultative stakeholders meeting on alternative peace road map to achieve peace, free and fair 2019 general elections in Kaduna State organized by Centre for Peace Advancement and Socio-Economic Development, (CPAED) held in Kaduna on Thursday.
He cautioned youth who were on drugs not to be part of 2019 elections as they could cause commotion. He equally called on parents who knows that their wards were into drugs to counsel them accordingly, and not allowed them be used by anyone.
Fielding questions from the media, Yari who represented the Deputy Speaker, KDHA, Honourable Nuhu Shadalafiya, said that they were already aware that some of the youth were engaged in drugs, adding that the issue now is; what is the way forward?
According to him, the meeting was timely and very important as the State Government is not only looking at the 2019 elections, but the peaceful nature of the state; saying stakeholders at the meeting should chart a way forward.
“If you are a youth, and you know that you are a drug addict, don’t be part of this upcoming election because you will cause commotion. If you are a parent and you know your child is engaged in drugs. You have to counsel him accordingly. Don’t leave him to be used by person. In fact, let me tell you politicians don’t even go for the youth now; it is the youth who go after the politicians. So how do we curtail this?” he queried.
“I think the State Government should look at what to get the youth involved. I know if the youth are gainfully employed their mindsets will change. We have to put our heads together, parents should play their role, communities and we, the politicians should also play our roles.
“Government again should be able to provide all those basic things needed by the youth to get them involved, while the youth should be able to take advantage of projects that government brings up no matter how small. It is not just enough for a youth to say because of unemployment that’s why he is into drugs.
“The youth should be able to use their brains and thankfully, God has blessed Nigeria with viable youth with brains. You can see how Nigerian youth in Diaspora are excelling,” Hon Yari admonished.
Also, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) Kaduna State, Malam Abdullahi Kaugama, cautioned that the youth should not allow themselves to be used by politicians for thuggery before, during and after elections.
Kaugama who was speaking through Hajiya Fatima Bande, explained that hate speech is a big menace that is creeping into the political circle in recent times; and called on stakeholders to shun it; noting that hate speeches negate the fundamental principles of democracy in any modern society.
In his paper titled: “The Effect and Consequences of Drug Abuse: A Case of Youth Restiveness During and After Elections” Dr. Ibraheem Baba, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Kaduna state, said that it has been proven that drugs are motivating factors to crimes.
According to him, all drugs carry risks and one never know how he will react to a drug which makes it a bit of a lottery, and called on the youth to shun political thuggery/ballot box snatching, rather they should avoid being used by politicians for electoral violence before, during and after elections.
“Quite a few drugs have mixed effects. Many show two effects at the same time, and can be described either as stimulant hallucinogens (for example, ecstasy) or as depressant hallucinogens (for example, cannabis),” he explained.