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Drug addiction: Marwa gives parents and religious leaders a rescue mission

By Muhyideen Jimoh

The President National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), called on parents and religious leaders to join the agency in tackling drug addiction in the country.

Marwa made the call Sunday in Abuja at the 18th Annual Ramadan Conference for Unity organized by the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society, Abuja.

The NDLEA boss, who has denounced the growing wave of drug addiction in the country, said all hands must be on the bridge to stop this ugly trend.

“I want to stress that society must be involved in the fight against drug addiction.

“Yes, the NDLEA has a mandate to control drug abuse, but it has to start with good family parenting, parents should be more interested in their children and the type of business they run.

“Religious organizations, schools and traditional institutions also have a big role to play in making us win this war,” he said.

He said that around 15 million Nigerians are currently addicted to drugs and this trend needs to be verified, otherwise the figure will rise to 35 million Nigerians by 2050.

Marwa explained that the increase in crime and criminality, such as kidnappings and banditry, can be attributed to drug use.

However, he assured the public that the NDLEA would continue to deploy more proactive measures to prevent, arrest and rehabilitate drug addicts in the country.

Earlier, Professor Usman Bugaje, an Islamic scholar, in his lecture on “The Legacy of Islam” called on Muslims to use the period of Ramadan to draw closer to Allah through supplication and good deeds.

He described Muslims as scholars and innovators who contributed immensely to the early growth of science, medicine, and technology.

According to him, Islam propelled Muslim society during the first centuries towards knowledge and research which led to inventions in medicine, machines and modernization.

He called on Muslims to always stand out in their fields in order to leave a lasting legacy that others would like to emulate.

The national chief Imam of Al-Habibiyyah, Sheikh Fuad Adeyemi, in his remarks called on Muslims to dedicate the month of Ramadan to pray for the peace and stability of the country.

“Islam is peace and Muslims must preach peace, talk about peace, act for peace and prevent anything that disturbs the peace of society.

“It is only in an atmosphere of peace that we can all practice our religions and invite others to the faith,” he said.

Adeyemi said that Al-Habibiyyah organized many activities during Ramadan such as Tafsir. lectures and a food bank program where approximately 2,000 people would be fed daily.

The Imam said the organization will continue to pray and work with relevant stakeholders to make Nigeria a better place.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the “Legacy of Islam” conference brought together Islamic scholars, politicians, academics and Muslims from all walks of life.

(NAN)

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