Unheeded to life threats, I lead the fight against drug menace for
the future generation – President
[July 01 2019]
Those who did not give their slightest support for the
battle against eradicating drug menace during last four and half years
are now trying to vilify me in the face of tough action now taken
against drug kingpins, President Maithripala Sirisena said.
He said he will demand answers from them on what they
have done to safeguard 300,000 youth who are addicted to drugs while
they are in power or in opposition.
The President made these comments addressing the
Western Province ceremony of the National Drug Prevention Week held at
Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium today (1).
President further said that he is leading the fight
against the drug menace unheeded to life threats for the sake of the
Drug is the easiest method to destroy a nation,
President pointed out while adding every citizen should perform his or
her duty to free this country from illegal drug trafficking.
Certain international organizations attempt to
intimidate Sri Lanka after the decision to re-enforce capital punishment
against drug dealers. Though the assistance of global entities is
required for the development of a country, nobody has the right to
interfere in the domestic affairs or the sovereignty of a nation,
The connection between illegal drug business and
politicians is no secret and how many politicians do their duty to
protect the nation against this threat is questionable, he said.
Explaining the interdependence between illegal drug
trafficking and terrorism, President said there is a hand of
international drug dealers behind Easter Sunday attack.
The National Survey Report on the prevalence of drug
use conducted by the Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention,
National Dangerous Drugs Control Board and Sri Lanka Police was also
handed over to the President.
The venerable clergy and ministers highly appreciated
the unparalleled efforts by President Sirisena to make Sri Lanka an
illegal drug-free country.
Venerable Theros and other religious leaders, Minister
of Health Dr. Rajith Senaratne and several other ministers, government
officials, school and university students, officials of Security Forces
and Police, representatives of community and civil organizations,
detainees, participants of rehabilitation centers, drivers and
assistants of Road and Passenger Transport Authority and many other
representing various segments of the society attended this closing