Senator Jibrin Barau (APC – Kano North) has raised an alarm over the quantum leap in the number of married women consuming hard drugs in the country.
He made the revelation on Tuesday, while contributing to a motion moved by Senator Gbenga Ashafa (APC – Lagos East) tagged: “Nigerians involvement in illicit global drugs trade and increase in domestic drug abuse by Nigerian youth.”
Ashafa said that there were 158 Nigerians on death row in some Asian countries including China, Malaysia and Indonesia, for drug-related offences, and called on the Federal Government to do something about the activities of drug kingpins and couriers, who are dragging the image of the country into the mud abroad.
In his contribution, Barau said the situation had gone beyond youths, as many married women, who should be laying good examples for the young ones to follow, are themselves actively hooked on hard drugs.
He stated: “We need to do something about it. It has gone beyond youth and now it is very prevalent among married women. Women who are in charge of upbringing of children are now drug addicts.”
Meanwhile, the Senate has implored the Federal Government to reposition the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to help it tackle the menace posed by evasive drug traffickers using the country as a trafficking hub.