More young people, including Nigeria's future leaders are finding solace in drugs that blur their reality.

This is according to a retired Deputy Controller General of Customs, Mujitaba Ahmed.

He said this on Saturday in Sokoto while warning that the increasing rate of drug abuse by youth in the country is becoming a time-bomb.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ahmad spoke at a merit award ceremony, organized by a Non-Governmental Organization, ‘Qualitative Leaders Support Youths Organization’.

Ahmed observed that “this obnoxious problem has penetrated many families, with some married men and women deeply involved.”

“This often leads to recurring cases of divorce, broken homes, delinquency and other related malaises.

“The earlier stern actions and measures are taken to reverse the ugly trend, the better for the country,” he warned.

He advised youths to face their studies or pursue legitimate trade.

In his remarks, the District Head of Gagi, Sokoto South Local Government Area, Sani Umar, lamented that the North has been lagging behind in education, economy and other spheres.

Umar, who was the Guest Speaker, challenged the youths to pursue education vigorously and shun drug abuse, restiveness and other crimes.

He then acknowledged the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in addressing socio-economic challenges.