By Aderogba George
Centre for Ethical Rebirth Among Nigerian Youths (CERANY), an NGO, has called on religious and community leaders to increase campaign against drug abuse ravaging many communities in the country.
The President of the association, Mr Chuks Akamadu, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Akamadu, who said that parents and siblings of drug addicts could no longer talk to their loved ones as the issue had become worrisome, advocated for separate bodies outside the families such as community and religious leaders to drive the campaign.
He added that the bodies would help to reduce the scourge in the society.
According to him, traditional rulers on their own should use their chiefs, youth organisations, women and market associations to drive
The NGO president said that if religious leaders continue to condemn the act, which had become prevalent among youths, both men and women, it would go a long way to eliminate the scourge.
He also called on professional bodies to assist in the campaign against drug abuse, noting that “everyone must play a role to end the scourge.
“Drug abuse does no good to the individuals, it destroys mental and physical well-being and brings a lot of stain on the home front.
“Drug abuse wrecks the individuals, it wrecks the family and on a larger scale, it compromises national security.
“The insecurity that has become pervasive in the country today can be due to drug abuse.”
He also urged Nigerians to rise against the menace, adding that drug abuse was now a national emergency that should bother everyone.
Akamadu further said that most Nigerians’ expectation was for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to enforce the laws against the menace.
He said that the government agencies were already overwhelmed with too many functions. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)