The Hama Bachama, Homun Daniel Shaga Ismaila, PhD, OON, says production, marketing and abuse of illicit narcotic drugs are not only detrimental to the development of any society, but damages the image of nations involved in it.

Hama Bachama calls on leaders at all levels including religious and traditional leaders in Nigeria to rise to the task of confronting illicit manufacture, marketing and rampant use and abuse of illicit and dangerous substances, especially by the younger generation to whom it seems a vogue to be copied. We must all stand up to discourage all forms of drug dealings in our communities and areas.

The Bachama Monarch who dedicated his life to the task of fighting illicit drug dealings in the Country as an officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at different levels before his retirement from service, said no sacrifice is too much for the task of combating illicit drugs in order to protect the next generation.

Homun Shaga was reiterating these commitments when he received the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Gen. Muhammad Buba Marwa (rtfd.) in his palace at Numan, Adamawa state when he came for advocacy and homage seeking collaboration with the monarch. He said no effort is worthless as we commit to minimizing drug trafficking across the national landscape.

Dr Shaga opined that people, particularly Nigerian youths, should seek a better and more responsible alternative of making ends meet, without having to indulge in drug dealings and abuse which is destroying the destiny of youths across the nation.

While commending the NDLEA Boss for picking up the commitment of advocacy against illicit substance abuse in Nigeria, Homun Shaga said, apart from destroying the lives of users, illicit drugs remain one of the front line factors that is responsible for crimes, criminality and an indisputable catalyst to the current insecurity bedevilling the country

He posited that all hands should be on deck at all levels to achieve the desired result

Speaking earlier, the NDLEA chairman Gen. Marwa (rtd.) described the palace of the Hama Bachama as home in view of the fact that the Hama Bachama himself is a colleague associate in the fight against illicit drugs.

He told the monarch that taking advocacy to his domain is made easy as records have shown respective exploits done by Homun Shaga while at the NDLEA in leading an operation that resulted in the seizure of 14.20 metric tones of cocaine at the Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos in 2006, which seizure was confirmed to be the largest in ever in Africa as at the time of the report.

Marwa implored the Monarch not to relent in his commitment of advocacy against illicit drugs

At the end of the meeting, the two drug fighters pledged to intensify collaborative efforts towards contributing to achieving a drug free society.