Wife of Katsina State Governor, Dr. Hadiza Bello Masari, has urged Nigerians, especially young people to avoid voting for drug-addicted politicians in the next 2023 general elections.
She asserted that the threat of drug addiction had spread across society, and that the only way to clean up the system is to conduct drug integrity tests on those working in high-risk professions.
Mrs. Masari spoke yesterday while inaugurating Drugs and Substance Abuse Advisory and Counselling Centre in Musawa, built by a community philanthropist, Abdullahi Aliyu, in collaboration with her pet project ‘Centre for the Advancement of Mothers and Children in Katsina’.
She said: “It is pertinent for us to check whoever is contesting for any political position or office to ascertain whether he or she is not a drug addict before we can vote him. We should make sure that the person is not a drug addicted politician irrespective of whoever he is.”
Many politicians, as well as a large percentage of criminal acts, are drug-induced, according to Governor’s Wife.
She referred to drug addiction as a public health problem that should be taken seriously due to the rise in crime and other negative consequences it is having on families and society as a whole.
In spite of this, she claimed that the newly inaugurated center will provide counseling for drug users, rehabilitation, and therapy in order to stop the tide of drug addiction among young and married women in the state.