From Mustapha Adamu Kano
A lecturer at the Faculty of Communication, Bayero University Kano, Dr
Bala Mohammed, has pointed accusing finger on Igbo’s for allegedly supplying codeine syrups into northern Nigeria.
He made the accusation while presenting a paper at the Kano Youth Summit on Peace Advocacy and Development, organised by Hamisu Magaji Foundation, at Mambayya House, yesterday.
In the paper, titled: “Nexus between youth, drugs, crime and insecurity”, Dr Mohammed blamed Igbos, with connivance of local people for prevalence of drug abuse in the northern region, especially Kano State.
Dr Mohammed wondered why drug abuse was not prevalent in the South-east region, but the Igbo people resorted to supply cougj syrup that contains codeine for the consumption of the northern youth.
“Our investigation revealed that drug abuse is beyond normal marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, etc, it has moved to the extent that the medicines we take in order to cure our diseases are now being converted into hard drugs.
“We then discovered that it is the handiwork of the Igbo people, who connive with our local people here, to supply the codeine into our region, especially the Kano State.
“There are many instances where Igbo guys were arrested over supplying codeine into Kano and some parts of the north. The cases have been reported on national dailies.
“So, why shouldn’t they take it to their region? Why don’t their youth engage in drug abuse? This is really sad, and we have to rise up to fight this menace, “ he lamented.
He also blamed court judges for compromise to secure the release of the suspects without trial, noting that was the reason the problem was deteriorating.
He also called on the general public to fight the menace themselves within their respective communities, advising the public not to disown the youth engaged in drug abuse.
Speaking earlier, the chairman of the foundation, Hamisu Magaji, said the essence of the summit was to enlighten the youth ahead of the 2019 elections.
He decried that youth, despite their massive contributions to nation building, were blocked to gain access to leadership positions in the country.
The Kowa Party governorship aspirant also declared that Kano Youth have resolved that any politician above 50 years would not contest for governorship seat, adding that any person above 30 years would not be given the chance to be for legislative seats in the state.
“We will contest for all the political positions come 2019 because we are tired of recycling of leadership in this country.
“ Our stance is that any politician above 50 years would not contest for governorship seat, while any person above 30 years would not contest for legislative positions in this state. “