Nigeria’s immediate past leader, Muhammadu Buhari has said he is happy incumbent president Bola Tinubu increased the petrol pump price.
Buhari disclosed this on Sunday at an event organised by the Katsina Consultative Forum at the Presidential Banquet Hall of Government House, Katsina.
According to him, the decision would reduce the number of visitors he receives in his native Daura town in Katsina State.
Speaking in the Hausa language, Buhari said he returned to Daura, and a lot of people kept visiting him, but when Tinubu increased the price of fuel, he rejoiced because he expected the visits to decline.
He also spoke about the menace of drug abuse in Katsina State, saying the problem must be confronted head-on and defeated for the present and future generations.
His words: “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it safeguards its people. Our youths represent our valued asset, and protecting their well-being is crucial for our nation’s future.
“We can’t afford to watch as drug abuse dismantles their potential and the country’s future. I urge all of us to unite and act decisively against drug abuse in the state.”
The former president pointed out that youths were the future administrators of the state, and their potentials were immense, saying, “You cannot realise these potentials if too many of you succumb to drug abuse addiction. Believe in yourself, ability and your future.
“I know the challenges you face are many; be up to it; we’ll work together to offer you the support and the opportunity needed.”
Buhari said leaders, educators, and policymakers should lead with compassion and set an example through investment in youths, providing them with education, employment and social support.
He further urged leaders to also collaborate on prevention, treatment, reintegration and strategies for those youths battling with addiction.
“This is not a challenge that one person can tackle alone. We all have a role in curbing drug abuse. Let’s all stand together for the sake of our youths and the prosperity of our state.
“The law enforcement agencies should also increase efforts against drug trafficking and distribution,” added Mr Buhari.
Governor Dikko Radda, represented by Deputy Governor Faruq Lawal-Jobe, commended Mr Buhari for gracing the occasion and the organisers for coming with such giant efforts.
According to the governor, the administration will not relent in collaborating with all the relevant agencies in fighting the drug abuse challenges.
Also, the commander of Zone ‘F’ of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Sule Momodu, appealed to the state government to provide them with additional patrol vehicles to enhance their operations.