The traditional Rulers’ Council of Abuja has mandated compulsory drug tests for intending couples ahead of their marriage ceremony.
According to BBC Hausa, the council, henceforth, ruled that intending couples must be certified by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) before any marriage is formalised.
The Chairman of the Council, who doubles as the Emir of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa, gave this order and called for immediate implementation of the council’s decision across the area.
He said the decision was necessitated by the desire to have a sane society and to ensure the safety of both the couples, considering the increased rate of drug abuse among youths and its prevailing impacts on the social life of the people.
The monarch emphasised that drug addiction is a serious problem for Nigeria as it mostly affects young men and women.
In October 2021, the NDLEA brought the idea of conducting compulsory drug tests for intending couples across the nation.
The NDLEA Boss, retired Brigadier General Buba Marwa, said enforcing drug tests for those who want to get married will reduce the way people deal with drugs in the country.
Marwa during a meeting with traditional rulers in Abuja claimed that the high number of reported cases of violence against women by their husbands was caused by drug abuse and addiction, which according to him, has to be checked.
He opined that it is high time for the country to accept compulsory drug tests for intending couples just as it accept HIV and other tests before marriage.