It supposed to be a man’s world going by their nature and physique. They are naturally known for hard-core jobs. And, for the mentally warped ones among them, they are known for acts like drugs, kidnapping and gangsterism etc. Unfortunately, they are no longer alone in that world, as women are fast taking the centre stage. MUHAMMAD KABIR reports
But not only by the calling of their nature (as the weaker sex) such as being in the kitchen, rearing children or being at the beck and call of their husbands and undertaking other domestic chores, they are also deeply engaged in drug, alcohol, farming and other hard stance of life for sustainability.
Such has become the fate of most women in Kano, Northern part of Nigeria who are frontal about drug. They are no longer coy and homely. They have rather become champions and bold in prostitution. They have also become barons and leading dealers of hard drugs like Syrup Codrugs, Tramadol, Violins, Refanol tabs and Desy Tabs and marijuana.
New Telegraph found out that most women, especially married ones in Kano State, have become drug addicts, the young girls are not left out of the fray as well. They are mostly between the ages of 15 and 20, who are gradually graduating to becoming drug barons on daily basis.
According to most of the girls who spoke to New Telegraph, they become more sexually active when they take the drugs. In their words, “we could go into sexual acts for hours without getting tired. It is as long as our partners desire, it is also pleasurable being in the act under the influence of those drugs especially the Codeine,” they said.
Talatu Yargari, one of the married women who are drug addicts, explained that most of them go into the dastard act to assuage relationship traumas. She noted that such drugs enable them to easily forget their marital troubles and enjoy the moment. Yargari who got married at the age of 14 said she never had marital bliss with her aged husband of 58 years who was always in the habit of beating her and neglecting her. In her words, “It has never been rosy for me in Alhaji’s house. From day one of my forced marriage to Alhaji, I never knew peace; it has been from one accusation to the other, starvation of food and sex, harassment from his family members and older children from his previous marriage. He also beats me mercilessly often times. The only place I get consolation is from my association with the other women who are into such social gathering. That way, I derive joy,” she narrated.
Iyya Yarbaba, 16, who refused her picture to be taken told New Telegraph that she got into the drugs addictions through a friend in her Secondary School. According to her, she normally takes the drugs late into the night and that helps her sleep tight and sound “but my parents were not in the know initially. But you know nothing bad get hideaway for too long. With time, everybody gets to know what I’m doing and by that then, it has become seriously difficult for me to do away with it,” she confessed.
Yarbaba further revealed that she is just one of the hundreds recruited into prostitution and drug world. She disclosed that some of their teachers also encouraged them into the acts. “Sometimes, they supplied us with marijuana or introduce men who they believe can withstand the strength of the sex drive drugs they gave us,” she said.
Drug addiction is fast becoming a prevalent social ill in Nigeria, one of the world’s most populated country.
New Telegraph also gathered that most young women who took to drugs did so to satisfy their sex partners. With that, they spend hours sleeping without any disturbances after hours of sexual intercourse.
According to a 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) Drug Report, “about 29.5 million people globally suffer from drug use disorders, opioids the most harmful.”
The ugly development has been a source of concern for some individuals, stakeholders and government agencies, in Nigeria who are grappling with how to nip the scourge in the bud.
Speaking on the issue, Commander of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA,) in Kano, Mallam Hamza Umar confirmed the illicit drugs addictions mostly among married women in the State. He said drugs get into most matrimonial homes through number of ways that included bad friends, hardship and bad orientation. It also included women financial contributory system called ” Adashi” in Hausa language.
Another channel according to the NDLEA Commander is the relationship between some divorcées and the other married women, young girls that are friends to those married women, and the fact that these house wives do attend some outside activities that bring them together with so many other ones whose character are called to questions.
He said no matter what a husband could do he cannot separate his wife with bad friends but a combined efforts of government, community and parents would drastically bring these problems to its knee. It would be recalled that Kano was recently said to have consumed illicit drugs worth millions of Naira and that about three million persons are involved in the drugs addictions problems.
Although the State through Senior Special Adviser on mobilization against drugs, Nasidi Abdullahi Dorayi debunked the allegations that 3 million persons are involved in drugs addictions, it stated that efforts are already ongoing to tackle the menace.
Similarly in Yobe state, Emir of Ngazargamo, Alhaji Ahmed Tijjani Saleh Gaidam, called on Federal, State Governments and officials of NDLEA to declare war on drug abuse.
Speaking in his palace, the emir, who said the increasing number of youths and married women abusing drugs in the country, was alarming, said government should come up with measures to address the situation. He said in Yobe State in particular, lot of youths and married women were involved in the consumption of strong analgesic called Tramadol, codeine and other harmful substances that changed their thinking.
He added that, “it is unfortunate at how it became so rampant among people, drug addition has become one of the issues of concern and a major problem within the teeming youths.”
According to him, it has gone to the extent now that if you go to the local markets in the rural areas, you find people selling it openly without fear of law and order. “We must put hands on desk to checkmate those who were involved in drugs business and bring them on book, this is our responsibility despite the region, religion, tribe and political inclination, we cannot allow this to continue,” Emir said.
•Additional report by HASSAN JIRGI, DAMATURU
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