The Deputy Minority Leader and Member Representing Aninri, Awgu and Oji-River Federal constituency have supported the motion to ban the use and abuse of Crystal Meth popularly known as Mkpuru mmiri on the streets.
The motion which was raised by a fellow member of the house was done due to the rise of its abuse by youths in the society, and rising side effects of the abuse of the substance following the viral video of young boys being flogged in public due for taking the drug.
Reacting to the motion, Okechukwu supported it, saying that there was need for the house to make contributions on how to arrest the spread of Crystal meth and other hard drugs in the society.
Addressing the house, Okechukwu said, “the motion regarding the youths abuse of crystal meth in Nigeria and its impact on our youths and society in general is very important. Anything that has the capacity to alter the human constitution and alter how a man is constituted is dangerous.
“Crystal Meth is not only addictive, it makes you hallucinate and puts you under influence which could be subjected to any use, including misbehaving of people. What we should be talking about is who the manufacturers are. We know the historical background of it and how it originated in Japan, how it is weaponized in some jurisdiction including Mexico and presently in Nigeria as at 2016.
“If we have such data, where is this factory, where is it manufactured and who are the traders, including people who are trading in our host communities”, he asked.
Speaking on means to curb the intake of the hard drug, the lawmaker added that “When we get our young people beat them up its like double jeopardy. Somebody is already a victim of the drug and we are also beating them, what alternative are we creating? So I think that this is where the law enforcement officers particular National Drug law enforcement agency (NDLEA) comes in to place.
“The second is how do we rehabilitate them and make sure we take meth out of the market then we now know what to do with our citizens who are already victims. Beating them without creating alternative it addresses your feeling that you are punishing.
“Am happy with the way igbo societies are organized as they try to handle their communities through community efforts, but this is much more than that, the government needs to intervene and there have to be a marshaled out plan regarding the use of drugs in this country.
“When we see all our citizens who are under influence and they can engage in things like banditry, all manners of weapons against Nigeria and we need to address it”, he said.
Stressing on the need to include the capital to curb the rising menace, he said “I think as we are getting into the budget there will be need for NDLEA to find out the quick ways we can do presently and how we can assist them so that this menace will begin to be addressed.
“It is not just crystal meth, there are some other drugs that are all over the place, including the use of codeine and the use of other crack drugs. This is a social weapon and a medical weapon against Nigeria and we have to deal with it”, he concluded.