According to Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, several officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army are taking hard drugs to cope with the protracted Boko Haram insurgency and violent bandit rampage.

Mr Lagbaja explained, “As you are all aware, military mobilization, deployment, and combat are frequently associated with severe mental and psychological stress for both serving personnel and family members.” “Drug abuse is increasingly being recognized as a major coping mechanism, contributing to unsavory behavior among personnel and family members.”

The army, on the other hand, was winning the battle against the spread of hard drugs in barracks and theaters, according to the GOC. Mr. Lagbaja was represented by the Division’s Chief of Staff, Brig.-Gen. Greg Omoregbe made the announcement at the start of a three-day seminar on evidence-based drug prevention, treatment, and control.

“As a result of this rising trend, troops’ general health, discipline, unit cohesion, family function, and general unit administration are all suffering.” Drug abuse also contributes to varying degrees of psychological incapacitation among those who are affected,” he added. “Psychological incapacitation among troops, as well as family dysfunction, have a negative impact on fighting capacity as well as operational effectiveness and efficiency of units.”

Non-medical commanders, principal staff officers, commanding officers, adjutants, administrative officers, and decision-makers were among those who attended the seminar, which was organized by the division in collaboration with the Bensther Development Foundation and facilitated by the 82 Division Medical Services and Hospital.

The general went on to say, “The choice of this audience is deliberate because of the pride of place you all occupy in the chain of command in the military as decision-makers.” “The troops and families in the barracks/cantonments look up to you for guidance and direction in their daily lives, so you were all purposefully chosen to attend this seminar.”

The GOC urged officers attending the seminar to take it seriously and share their experiences with their troops, barracks, and cantonment members in order to completely eliminate drug abuse in the near future.

Mr. Lagbaja praised the Bensther Development Foundation for putting on the event.

“Our work is made easier because the army has already adopted the international best practice of treating and caring for its personnel with drug abuse ailment for three months free-of-charge and ensuring that such fellow is fully rehabilitated and re-integrated,” said Nonso Maduka, the foundation’s executive director.