Seun Kuti, Ben Bruce and Shehu Sani react to codeine ban by FG

Afrobeat musician, Seun Kuti has joined Senator Ben Bruce and Senator Shehu Sani in reacting to the recent ban on codeine.

This is coming after the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday directed the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, to ban with immediate effect further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations.

Reacting to the order, Ben Bruce wrote:

”Instead of banning codeine, Nigeria should ban the bad governance that makes young people so desperate that they have nothing to look forward to in life. We can’t keep insulting them for being uneducated when we don’t build schools or as lazy when we don’t provide jobs for them”.


Shehu Sani:

“Codeine is an opium that symbolizes our social dislocation and societal collapse.What we have is a system that has over the years ostracized and mentally deformed a generation, dispatching them to seek solace in aphrodisiac .

“Codeine is a problem and the bigger problem remains a corrosive socio economic order that created a state of hopelessness.We must continue to work hard in order to change it so as to give meaning to the lives of our young ones.”


Seun Kuti:

“Igbo has been banned since forever (unjustly) but e still dey everywhere. The reactionary ban of codeine by the FG only means drug dealers will make more money from it. It can’t affect supply.”

Seun Kuti, Ben Bruce and Shehu Sani react to codeine ban by FG

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