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NGO urges religious and community leaders to step up campaign against drug addiction



NGO urges religious and community leaders to step up campaign against drug addiction

By Aderogba George

The Center for Ethical Rebirth Among Nigerian Youths (CERANY), an NGO, called on religious and community leaders to step up the campaign against drug abuse that is ravaging many communities in the country.

The president of the association, Mr. Chuks Akamadu, made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Abuja.

Akamadu, who said parents and siblings of drug addicts could no longer speak to loved ones as the issue had become of concern, advocated for separate bodies outside of families, such as community and religious leaders, to lead. countryside.

He added that the bodies would help reduce the scourge in society.

According to him, traditional chiefs themselves should use their chiefs, youth organizations, women and market associations to drive the campaign.

The president of the NGO said that if religious leaders continued to condemn the act, which had become widespread among young men and women, it would go a long way in eradicating the scourge.

He also called on professional bodies to join the campaign against drug addiction, noting that “everyone must play a role in ending the scourge.

“Drug addiction does no good for individuals, it destroys mental and physical well-being and brings a lot of filth to the home.

“Drug addiction destroys individuals, it destroys families and on a larger scale, it compromises national security.

“The insecurity that has become pervasive in the country today may be due to drug abuse.”

He also urged Nigerians to rise up against the threat, adding that drug addiction is now a national emergency that should bother everyone.

Akamadu added that most Nigerians expected the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Food and Drug Administration and Control Agency (NAFDAC) enforce laws against the threat.

He said government agencies were already overwhelmed with too many functions. (NAN)

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