By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Public Speaker and Convener of Winning Mindset, Mr. Elisha Mamman, has said the fight against the menace of drug abuse in the country is a collective one, saying Nigerians must rise up to the task.
He stated this during a sensitization campaign on War Against DAASA and Save the Future Leaders organized by a Non-Governmental Organization, The Eye Opener Youth/Women Foundation in Kaduna on Saturday.
According to him, today not only the youth are involved in drug abuse but, also housewives, meaning; “if one’s mother or father is abusing drugs how could they tell the child drug abuse is bad?” he queried.
He stated further that in Nigeria people engaged in drug abuse in trying to quiet the voice of hard work, pains, lack, shame and disappointment in life.
“We know the family is the bedrock of morality, and if the family is broken very few children can survive under such family,” Mamman added.
The Convener of Winning Mindset and Goal-setting Coach called on government at all levels to wake up to its responsibility, support organizations such as The Eye Opener Foundation who are ever ready to take the drug war into the hinterlands.
Mamman equally called for supports from other NGOs as according to him, drugs is gradually destroying people; especially when they see drug abuse as a way of trying to forget their pains .
Speaking earlier, President and Founder of The Eye Opener Youth/Women Foundation, Mrs. Margaret Julius, said DAASA which is the acronym for Drugs Abuse And Dangerous Smoking Addiction is a subtle epidemic that pretend to be a solution to one’s emotions but is deadly.
According to her, the mission of this subtle epidemic is to separate its victim from his or her loved ones and Creator and then employ them in the devil’s workshop.
She said although the Federal Government of Nigeria is working assiduously in securing lives and property of her people, her foundation discovered that there can’t be real security in the community if high percentage of the lives of youth and women are not secured.
“Over 50 per cent of exuberant youth energy is not well channel and that is why most of them are engaged in unlawful acts like drug abuse and dangerous smoking which eventually give birth to so many unlawful acts.
“High per cent of the youth that are already victims of DAASA epidemic lives right from the family set up are not secured and the reason why this is so is simply because their mothers’ lives were not secured too.
“We have discovered the right weapon to fight DAASA epidemic, and we are determine to fight and save our future leaders,” she said.