The executive governor of Kano state, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje in a bid to completely certify the aspiring politicians in the ruling All Progressives Party in his state, has gone a notch further by sending them for a mandatory drug test.
All the aspiring contestants for the upcoming congress were mandated to report at the office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the state for the screening.
According to the Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, the directive was part of the government’s policy to rid Kano state of illicit substances.
The test was also to enable the state government to weed out any politician who took drugs among the intending officers of the state's chapter of the party ahead of the October 16 state congress.
This is one practice that all Nigerian politicians should be made to undergo as the country's leadership needs to be sanitized.
The Kano state government had started this program in January this year where 13 councillorship aspirants had failed a drug test and were subsequently replaced.
Similar tests were carried out for contestants into local government elections, as well as political appointees including members of the state executive council before offering them a portfolio.
This idea exposed some politicians who had secretly indulged in drugs and this would have messed the government up if they were appointed into important positions. While there is no known figure that reveals the number of Nigerian politicians who take drugs, the recent exposure in Kano state reveals the possibility of some highly placed politicians indulging in drugs.
If a large number of councillorship candidates, all 13 of them can test positive for drugs, there is a possibility of other politicians in other regions having the same issue.
At the moment, the country is about setting up some electoral reforms which are been implemented one after the other.
Making politicians and other Government appointees undergo a drug test will go a long way to rid the country of politicians who don't have the intent to make the citizens happy.
We have seen cases of lawmakers attacking each other in parliament and also, Lawmakers and Government officials manhandling citizens in public.
This test would go a long way to make sure our politicians and 'Honorables' are really honourable enough to make laws for the country and also, take up other positions of leadership as the case may be.
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