Dr. Hadiza Masari, wife of the Katsina State Governor urged Nigerians ahead of the 2023 elections not to vote for drug-addicted politicians.
She said the menace of drug addiction has pervaded all segments of society and only drug integrity tests on people in critical service sectors can sanitize the system.
Mrs Hadiza spoke while inaugurating the 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’.
“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 for him.
“We should make sure that the person is not a drug-addicted politician irrespective of whoever he is. So, we should not vote for drug-addicted politicians.”
The governor’s wife lamented the misbehaviour of some political office holders, saying most of the crimes committed in the society is drug-induced.
While describing drug addiction as a public health issue with grave concern and increased crimes, she said it could destroy life and create more impediments and dysfunction within matrimonial homes and the society.
She, however, said the newly inaugurated centre will provide counselling, rehabilitation and treatment to drug users in order to stem the tide of drug addiction among youths and married women in the state.