The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari on Monday was appointed to be a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse.
Buhari also inaugurated the Ministerial Steering Committee.
The president called for collective action to help those addicted to drugs.
Inaugurating the two committees at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the President lamented that the challenges associated with drug abuse had grown to become a major public health problem in Nigeria.
He said,“This is a situation of emergency and we must face and address it as such.”
Buhari lamented that in many schools, adolescents experience mental health issues, either temporarily or for a long period of time, while some become insane, cannot remain in schools and eventually drop out.
“Drug and alcohol abuse are also major occupational hazards among Nigerian workers, professionals, notably drivers, which contribute to making Nigerian roads particularly dangerous. The drugs that are commonly abused include but not limited to alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, Tramadol, codeine, etc.
“Today marks the beginning of another milestone in correcting the root cause of some of the ills of today’s society in order to safeguard our common existence and guarantee a brighter future for our current generation and those yet on born.
“The role is specifically targeted at decimating the disastrous havoc that drug abuse could cause on the very fabric of our society,” he said.