Emir Abdulmumini Kabir Usman of Katsina has decried the rising rate of drug abuse by youths and women in the state stressing that urgent measures needed to be taken.
Our correspondent reports that there is widespread concern of excessive drug use by youths who reportedly indulge in the consumption of Indian hemp, cough syrup, tramadol capsules and other psychotropic substances.
Addressing a gathering at Alqalam University, at the weekend, Emir Kabir said the trend was becoming more worrisome as it continues to assume alarming dimension in the state.
The Emir said he recently received a report of drug abuse in the state which prompted him to convene an emergency stakeholders meeting noting that a communique drafted after the meeting would soon be presented to the state government for prompt action.
According to the Emir, the incidence of drug abuse happens at different places including primary schools. He added that it was sad to note that even married women are not left out.
He advocated for urgent and drastic measures to be taken in stemming the tide so that the nation does not wake up one day and ‘‘see mad men all over the place due to
excessive drug intake.’’
A visibly worried Emir Kabir challenged the management of the university to buckle up by taking more stringent measures in guarding against the menace as this will augur well for the society.
“Any student caught should be expelled. Don’t say because he or she is a ward of so and so director, therefore we will spare him or her. No!” the Emir enthused.