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Running away from vices, the consumption of alcohol and hard drugs, the Group advises young people



Running away from vices, the consumption of alcohol and hard drugs, the Group advises young people

By Suleiman Shehu

The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Oyo State branch, advised young people to avoid social vices, alcohol and hard drug use that could ruin their fate.

Its chairman, Alhaji Ridwan Fasasi, said they should instead make a meaningful commitment to the development and progress of society.

Fasasi gave the opinion on Sunday in a statement he signed after the group’s monthly meeting in Ibadan.

He said: “Many young people in the country use alcohol and other hard drugs.

“This has detrimental effects on their psychological well-being, leading to thugs, armed robberies, kidnappings, banditry, theft of weapons, among others.

“We call on government at all levels to tackle the rate at which hard drugs and beverages are circulating in society.

“We have frowned at the unregulated way alcohol and other hard drugs are displayed and sold in fleets as well as in other parts of society.

“This is responsible for some major traffic accidents recorded on the road in Oyo State and Nigeria in general. “

He also called on the government to enforce the law and impose heavy penalties, without fines, that would discourage the sale and use of alcohol and other hard drugs in society.

Fasasi urged parents to supervise their children so that they are useful to society.

He also called on well-meaning governments and Nigerians to empower the young and needy, saying their empowerment would reduce the challenge of insecurity in the country.

The president urged them to stop the habit of giving money that would add no value to the lives of citizens at the end of the day.

Fasasi called on the federal government to tackle the high cost of food and other goods in the markets.

He said the flogging and high food prices made it difficult for Nigerians, especially the masses, to feed their families.

Fasasi praised the Oyo state government for evacuating beggars from the streets and advised other states in Nigeria to emulate the initiative.

He called on the administration led by Governor Seyi Makinde not to give in to the initiative, saying it would reduce the rate of fertilization and assault on female beggars by suspected thugs.

According to him, the children born of these sexual assaults are generally sold to those who will eventually use them for ritual purposes. (NAN) ()

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