Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has urged Nigerian youths to shun drug use, for the sake of their personal health and the society at large.
She gave the advice today in her address to members of the National Youth Service Corps, Batch B Stream 1, at the end of their orientation camp, at Iyana Ipaja, Lagos State.
Mrs. Ambode, who noted that many Nigerian youths had found a new past time in the consumption of illicit drugs, warned of the profound negative health and social consequences of drug addiction.
In her words, “It is disheartening to note, that some Nigerian youths are into illicit drug use, which is capable of ruining lives, homes, families and the country. It is time you and l rise to the occasion by saying no to the drug epidemic, which is gradually destroying the youth generation in our country”.
She listed the causes of drug addiction to include, peer pressure, low self-esteem and lack of employment among others, insisting, however, that youths could stay off drugs despite those excuses.
Mrs. Ambode challenged youths to take full charge of their lives, reminding them of their responsibility for their individual lives, stressing that their parents and guardians could not go everywhere with them in order to monitor them.
“Your parents cannot be with you everywhere you go, it is, therefore, your duties to exhibit an upbringing that speaks of good morals, respect for elders, respect for customs and tradition, constituted authorities and above all, the fear of God Almighty”, she stressed.
She implored the churches, mosques and all well-meaning Nigerians to play meaningful roles in separating the youths from drugs.
Speaking earlier, the State Coordinator of the NYSC, Prince Mohammed Momoh, noted that about 2,549 members, mostly females, were deployed in the State for the current batch, adding that it was the business of all Nigerians, to save the youths from degenerating into a generational tragedy with drug addiction.