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Death Penalty for Drug Dealers – A Huge Backward Leap In Nigeria’s Progress


In a surprising turn of events, the Nigerian Senate has approved a bill introducing the death penalty for drug dealers, a move deemed archaic and regressive in the global pursuit of human rights and justice.

The decision was reached during deliberations on the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2024, on the floor of the red chamber.

This bill, now passed into law, underscores Nigeria’s struggle to align itself with modern, progressive values.

Capital punishment, once commonplace, is now widely condemned and increasingly rare globally.

Despite this trend, Chief Whip Senator Ali Ndume of Borno South argued that capital punishment for drug offenses is standard worldwide, a stance at odds with the progressive direction of many nations.

The list of 60 countries that have abolished capital punishment for drug offenses serves as a stark reminder of Nigeria’s departure from global norms.

The argument for the death penalty often revolves around deterrence, yet evidence suggests it does little to curb crime.

Research shows that countries abolishing the death penalty haven’t seen an uptick in crime rates, emphasizing their commitment to human rights.

Moreover, the focus on punishing drug dealers overlooks corruption, the true root of drug trafficking.

While corruption ravages society and the economy, lawmakers prioritize punishing drug dealers over addressing systemic issues enabling drug trafficking.

Rather than resorting to extreme measures, investment in education, rehabilitation, and economic opportunities would address underlying causes.

Citizens must scrutinize laws and demand accountability from lawmakers, advocating for a fair, humane, and effective justice system.

Reactions to the decision highlight widespread dissatisfaction with lawmakers’ priorities:

@Dr. Joseph criticizes lawmakers for favoring laws detrimental to the masses, questioning why corruption isn’t met with the same severity.

@Oyi advocates for including banditry and terrorism in the death penalty, highlighting broader concerns beyond drug offenses.

@Aspiring echoes the sentiment, suggesting corrupt politicians should also face severe penalties, emphasizing the need for accountability.

@Albert laments the cycle of corruption and the complicity of Nigeria’s legal system in defending corrupt individuals.

@Aspiring emphasizes the need to tackle corruption and hold perpetrators accountable, suggesting death penalties for those responsible.

The public outcry underscores the urgency of addressing systemic issues and reevaluating Nigeria’s approach to justice.

As the nation grapples with this contentious issue, the conversation must extend beyond punishment to encompass broader societal reform.

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