NIREC blames insecurity on drug effect
By Okon Bassey in Uyo and Aisha Wakaso in Minna
The Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF), Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has stated that the insecurity challenges in the northern region of the country have taken a toll on the economy of the region, adding that the region was on a downward slide.
Aliyu who is also the Governor of Niger State, stated this at a grand reception held in honour of some distinguished indigenes of the state held in Minna yesterday.
He said people who patronised several major markets in the region had reduced their patronage due to insecurity.
He gave an example of Kanti Kori market in Kano, which made over N255 million as a result of its traction everyday in the past, saying that with the insecurity ravaging the North, only N11 million is made everyday.
The Kantin Kori market is a fabric market where people from different parts of the country come to purchase materials.
Aliyu stated that this trend was unacceptable to the people of the region and called on everyone to join hands in combating the menace and restore normalcy to the region.
He also lamented the death of the female health workers who were killed by gunmen last week in Kano while carrying out immunisation exercise stressing that an end must be put to such killings.
Also speaking, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, said the crisis in the North had caused dishonour and distrust among people who once lived together like brothers.
He said what the North needed now was an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity while he applauded the Niger State Government for honouring people who cut across various religions and tribes in the state.
The Speaker of the lower chamber of the National Assembly called on parents to watch and change the role models of their wards from people who acquire wealth through dubious means to those who get to the height of their career by hard work, honesty and dedicated sense to duty.
In another development, the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) has attributed the major cause of insecurity in the country to the abuse of drugs by youths and lack of adequate steps on the part of government to check the level of youths involvement in various drug businesses.
“Our problem in this country is drug. Violence is a product of high level of drug addiction. Most of our youths are into drugs and until we rehabilitate these people, we will remain in problem. NAFDAC and other agencies have a lot to do,” NIREC said.
Briefing journalists in Uyo at the weekend, the National Co-ordinator and Executive Secretary of NIREC, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said experience from the northern part of the country has shown that most of the youths are into drugs without any control and the level of addiction account for the violence being experienced in the country today.
Oloyede, who is a Professor of Arabic Studies, lamented that politicians were not helping matters as they equally encouraging violence instead of looking for proactive measures to nip such character in the bud.
The Islamic scholar, who said the meeting of the body would hold in Uyo between
11 and 13 February to formally establish the chapter of the organisation in the state, said violence, instead of boosting the unity of the country, could bring discordant tendencies and encourage more violence.