President Barack Obama has announced that the country’s name has been removed from the list of major drug list as Nigeria fails to meet the criteria for the list according to the US law since 1991.
Nigeria was hitherto considered a major transit (though not a producer of opium or other related drugs) point for narcotic drugs coming from The Latin America into the United States of America.
Placing the country on the major drug list actually dented her image for a very long time.
The government of this country did all that was humanly possible to reverse the ugly trend and improve the image of the country that was already battered by corruption.
However, countries like Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Bolivia, Burma, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru and Venezuela are on the list this year.
The Nigerian government tackled this problem with all seriousness it deserved, using a pragmatic approach; to ensure that the country did not only get deleted from the black book of the American government, but also regained her respect in the committee of nations.
How did Nigeria get deleted?
1.Massive anti-drug campaign: The government embarked on a massive anti-drug campaign using both the print and electronic media to ensure that her citizenry knew the consequences of drug peddling and drug use.
This helped to reduce the number of people seeing the illicit trade in drugs as a quick way to prosperity.
2.Punitive measures: The government also enacted laws that made the use of or selling of narcotics a punishable offense.
Culprits were prosecuted through the due process of law and when found guilty, were sentenced to several years jail term to make the trade unattractive.
Besides, properties proved to have been acquired through this illicit business were also confiscated by the government.