“Any leader who elements of drugs abuse is found in him should quickly resign his position because he is not fit to hold (public) position.”

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, said this on Monday while speaking at the Senate Roundtable on Drugs Abuse Epidemic in Nigeria, organised by the Nigerian Senate.

He said it was hypocritical and amounts to mere talk for “a governor or senator or any big political office holder” to speak against drug abuse in society while having “highly drugged thugs as his body guards moving around freely.

“We are rather deceiving ourselves if we do not accept that we are part of the problems when we allow highly drugged thugs act as our body guards, dumping legally accepted security agents,” the traditional ruler stated.

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“Today, it is better to be a drug baron on the payroll of a political leader than to be a legally recognised security man, which means we must clean our acts before trying to achieve anything.”

He said he was “very ready and happy to be subjected now to drugs test. And if I am found not worthy of being emir, I will quietly resign because the matter is bigger than what we are talking about".

The emir informed the lawmakers that several laws were in the books to fight drug abuse but were not being implemented.

“If we are not implementing these laws in the books, what assurance do we have that new ones will be implemented?”

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