The drug scourge in Nigeria is undoubtedly at an epidemic level. Any opinion to the contrary is tantamount to living in denial. I have closely followed reports of the volume of illicit drugs seized and destroyed by the Nigerian Narcotics Control Agency, NDLEA, over the past 15 months and I am amazed that there are still more in circulation .
This is why I wonder why some Nigerians sometimes criticize the arrest of certain offenders, forgetting the negative impacts of the activities of such people, especially when they are celebrities, on their children.
Looking critically at the trend, it can clearly be seen that many Nigerians are gullible to fake news shared mostly on social media. They jump to conclusions without ensuring the authenticity of this information. Some drug dealers and users, especially those who are celebrities such as comedians, actors and singers, create an atmosphere that earns them the pity of citizens whenever they are involved in an encounter with security agencies . And sadly, due to the influence they wield, their fans, out of blind loyalty, would hardly examine issues critically before responding.
Nigerians should know that most of these celebrities have an army of social media influencers at their service and as soon as they come across security guards, the influencers go wild on social media and resort to manipulation of the information as a means of public procurement. sympathy for their customers.
No one is above the law, but these so-called celebrities seem to think otherwise. They hardly cooperate with security agencies, be it the police, NDLEA, immigration or customs. This is the trend of recent years.
We have to face the hard truth. Drug abuse destroys lives, especially young people.
Yola, Adamawa State.