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Obasanjo-led West Africa commission on Drugs calls for low-level drug offences to be decriminalised
| June 12, 2014
The West Africa Commission on Drugs, led by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, has called for low-level drug offences to be decriminalised in West Africa and that drug use should be regarded primarily as a public health issue. The commission says drug trafficking and consumption have become major issues in West Africa as drug cartels are increasing using it to transit cocaine. It's estimated that about $1.25bn worth of cocaine is trafficked through the region annually. This is greater that the total amount of foreign direct investment in the region. There are tough laws against drug use in countries across West Africa but court proceedings are typically slow and the process encourages corruption as wealthy drug dealers are able to pay to gain their freedom, while those that can't afford it typically languish in jail. Addressing the issue, the report said, "Drug users need help, not punishment. We abhor the traffickers and their accomplices, who must face the full force of the law but the law should not be applied disproportionately to the poor, the uneducated and the vulnerable, while the powerful and the well-connected slip through the enforcement net. West Africa would remove a huge weight from an already overburdened criminal justice system if it decriminalises drug use and possession, expand health and social services for those with problematic use, and expend greater efforts on pursuing traffickers."

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OBJ    Houston, Texas, USA    June 14, 2014
Coming In From the Cold, you are spot on. I support your no praying concept. Praying works only when you have great ideas, great plans, vision, and will power to execute. Nigerian and it's leaders have non of the afformentioned qualifers.
"Coming In From The Cold"    In California, U.S.A.    June 13, 2014
Where there is no real leadership, there will be no progress. Whether itâs Africa, or West or East or South or North Africa, or even Nigeria, e no matter. One times one is still equal to one; soldier go, soldier come, barrack remains, abi ke; go no go, forward and reverse are the same.

Sorry to say, but the black man or race is cursed. Where is that one country ruled by a black man where things are normal and progressive? I hurt over this lack of progress, but I am not the only one. This is painful when we all know that we all have the same equivalent "equipment", called brain, but ours is applied stupidly.

I have said it before and many others have also said the same thing - rule of law or the lack of it, is the fundamental problem of black people. There are many people who are above the law, which makes implementation near impossible.

All humans are potential criminals no matter who they are. I don't care if you are a pastor, Imam, bishop or whoever, we are all capable of committing crimes. And committing crime becomes a lot easier if you can get away with it.

Law enforcement is strongly inadequate in the blackman's world. Take Nigeria for example, and you will see how totally inadequate it is. As far as I am concerned, there is no law enforcement anywhere in Africa (maybe a little in South Africa where there is oyinbo influence) or in Nigeria. And the useless leaders want it like that.

Is the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) really a force? How can such archaic centralized police system work in modern-day criminal environment? Isn't that a joke by itself? The NPF needs to be disbanded or limited and let the states be in charge of their own law enforcements, to say the least. Nigeria is most likely close to 200 million people and a centralized police system will not work with such multitude. Even fools know that. But who are we talking about?

Nigeria, or West Africa, or even the whole of Africa is a shame. Let re-colonization begin all over again, I don't care. Nigeria is a splendid example of a failed human system and its leadership.

Oh! I just have an idea - what about if we issue a "Governance For Hire" contract and pay competent people good money to govern us, instead of having a useless and hopeless government of our own? Huh!!!!!!!!

Who is praying to God to save Nigeria? Not me.
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