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HUMANS AND DRUGS TRAFFICKING IN NIGERIA: THREAT TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT



Walking into the slum of the Nigeria society, filled with stench of dead bodies and starving people.
Like a sinking ship, our dear country is losing her giant self to the ravaging epidemic of an unstable and destructive society, that anything is right, once it benefits the needful.



Rousing in the shambles and shackles of hopelessness is the defected and dysfunctional society Nigeria now lives in.

Against natural order, the stenched and smelling dead are living people with honourable status, living fat and affluent lives, capacious enough to buy and own whatever they need.



Speaking of the shambles and shackled society, the eye might only perceive heaps of dirt, terrible abode, contoured roads and poor healthy-environment, while all these may appeal to rational thoughts, drugs and human trafficking are the true living dead body and the shambled society.



Finding its origin in the giant of Africa, just after the second world war, Nigeria soldiers who returned from Burma, India, came back with seeds of cannabis sativa plant, they cultivated it, realising it did well in some part of the nation, the cultivation continued.

The development of the nation in transportation, high population and rise in economy gradually turned Nigeria to the market hub of the category ‘A’ drugs, like heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs meant for the Europe, East Asia and North American markets.



Before the creation of Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, now (Nigeria Customs Service), the Nigeria Police was laden with the responsibility of tracking, apprehending and controlling drug traffickers while the Federal Welfare Development was charged with the task of counselling, treating and rehabilitating of drug dependents person.

NDLEA reports that a large amount of cocaine that is smuggled from South America into Europe and North America passes through Nigeria.



Drugs are mostly illegally smuggled through the porous borders, Internet and air route of the nation.

While drug trafficking still perturbs the sanity of our society, human trafficking has also taken its cue in the equation.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in her publication, Human trafficking in Nigeria: root causes and recommendations, nabbed the demand and supply equation has the root cause of human trafficking in the nation.



When the demands or desire of people is not met, naturally a longing desire to seek supply elsewhere becomes the only feasible solution, making especially women and girls very vulnerable for trafficking.

Subtly but strongly, hunger, poverty, high rate of unemployment, lack of opportunity and a quest for a means of survival serves as the prompting that lures people into the false opinion that absconding the country would proffer them what they lack.



Unequal access to education, lack of legitimate and fulfilling employment opportunities, sex-selective migration policies, less access to information, disruption of support systems and traditional community attitudes amongst many other things serve as the facilitator that promotes and encourage human trafficking.

Being sunk under the influence of the destructive hands of drug and human trafficking, the nation has suffered greatly from the widespread and constant rise of drugs and human trafficking.



Aside from tarnishing the face of the nation, the illegal smuggling of drugs and humans has affected the economy and security of Nigeria negatively, and used potentially as a means to fund terrorist group who becomes a destructive tool in the society.

Transnational organized human and drug trafficking is of growing concern, and particularly illicit trade’s broad impact on development. Drug trafficking has particularly severe implications because of the vast illegal profits it generates: an estimated 322 billion dollars a year.

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The criminal activities of these traffickers have a significantly destructive impact on the livelihoods and quality of life of citizens, most particularly the poor, women and children, luring them into believing they would have a better life outside their country.

Rendering them more impoverished than before, drugs and human traffickers engage in other social vices, like arm robbery, political thugs and in worst cases, they join terrorist groups.



As economic development is vulnerable by international trafficking, countering drug and human trafficking should be a major cause of action, and social and economic development approaches got to be part of our response to organized illicit trafficking.

If we are to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of Nigeria are to be achieved, we must strengthen strategies to deliver these goals, including stepping up efforts to address issues such as money laundering, corruption and trafficking in life, folks and arms, and drugs.

Human trafficking and drug abuse impact each economy in every country, but they are particularly devastating in weak and vulnerable countries like Nigeria.

cc:DailyAdvent

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