Herdsmen, Hunters High On Illicit Drugs Abuse —NDLEA
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has disclosed that illicit use of drugs is more prevalent among herdsmen hunters, and farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammed Abdallah (rtd) disclosed this during the agency’s sensitization campaign in Abaji Area Council of the FCT.
Speaking, Col. Abdallah lamented that the development impact more negatively on the future of the country.
This, according to him, is because it diminishes the productivity of the users which invariably negatively affected their health and life span.
Abdallah, who was represented by Victoria Egbase, Assistant Commander General of Narcotics, Director, Assets and Financial Investigation, said:
“Our decision to embrace you as a target group is for the simple fact that you constitute a larger percentage of the population, coupled with the fact that the food security of the nation rests squarely on the shoulder of farmers.
“We need to create a critical mass from the farmers and hunters by increasing their stake in the Drug-Free Nigeria Project.
“It is in furtherance of the Agency’s all-inclusive and shared responsibility approach to curbing the drug menace.
“We in drug control are concerned about the high rate of drug abuse among farmers, hunters and herdsmen, a development that has often diminished their productivity and has negatively affected their health and life span.
“Study has revealed that ignorance of the grim implications of drug abuse has led farmers and hunters into believing that drugs can energize them to withstand the stress of their work whereas reverse is the case.”
On selecting the target audience of hunters, farmers and herdsmen by NDLEA, he said:
“The programme is therefore intended to bring hunters and farmers to speed on the catastrophic consequences of drugs in the language they can understand.
“The implication of the unfortunate involvement of farmers, hunters and herders in drug abuse is enormous.
“Some researchers have attributed the persistent clash between farmers and herders to drug abuse.
“For instance, under the influence of drugs herders lose control of their stock which often invade farms to destroy crops.
“The resultant effect is the bloody feud between the parties.
“Cattle equally become very aggressive when given certain drugs to make them strong to cover distances and in the process they invade farms”.
On his part, the Director of Special duties, Ministry of Agriculture, Zubairu Abdullahi appealed to drug peddlers to desist from such irresponsible acts to make their lives more meaningful in the society.
He said: “Drug abuse is a destroyer of lives. It is one chance bus because those who engages in it are at the risk of brain damage in the long run.
“We are where we found ourselves today because we often forget the tenets of our religion. This nation needs farmers, herders and hunters.
“Therefore, they must desist from engaging in this illicit drug consumption to save their lives.”