President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed law enforcement agencies to deal decisively with all those who import, distribute and sell illicit drugs in the country.
In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President while speaking at an interactive meeting with religious leaders in Kano, on Thursday, in the course of his two-day State visit, expressed concern over the growing problem of drug abuse in the country.
In a swift reaction to the situation, the President said: ‘‘I have charged the customs and other law enforcement agencies to go after those trafficking illicit drugs that are causing much harm especially among young people.”
Furthermore, he applauded the custom service and its boss: “The Customs is already doing a good job and I’m happy that I got someone who is efficient, strong and trusted to lead it in the person of Hameed Ali, a former governor of Kaduna State.”
President Buhari assured the religious leaders that the war against corruption will be prosecuted with due process and respect for human rights. “To strengthen judicial integrity and the rule of law, such courts must be manned by ‘‘incorruptible judges,’’ he said.
Also, President Buhari used the occasion to counsel leaders to rise to the challenge of the country’s growing youth population. “Leaders at every level must pay attention to this. We must give everything we have including education, vocational skills and training for our large youth population so that they can grow to be responsible citizens,” he said.