A lecturer in the Faculty of Communication, Bayero University Kano, Dr. Bala Muhammad has accused Igbo drug traders for the prevalence of drug abuse in the northern region.
He made this known when speaking at the Kano Youth Summit on Monday.
The university don wondered why drug abuse was not prevalent in the South-East region.
He said the Igbo people supply cough syrup that contains codeine for the consumption of the Northern youth.
Muhammad said: “Our investigation revealed that drug abuse is beyond normal marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, etc. It has moved to the extent that the medicines we take in order to cure our diseases are now being converted into hard drugs.
“We then discovered that it is the handiwork of the Igbo people, who connive with our local people here, to supply the codeine into our region, especially into Kano state.
“There are many instances where Igbo guys were arrested for supplying codeine into Kano and some parts of the North. The cases have been reported in national dailies.
“So, why shouldn’t they take it to their region? Why don’t their youth engage in drug abuse? This is really sad, and we have to rise up to fight this menace.”