The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Oyo State Chapter, has advised youths to shun social vices, consumption of alcohol and hard drugs that could ruin their destiny.
Its Chairman, Alhaji Ridwan Fasasi, said they should rather engage themselves meaningfully toward the development and progress of the society.
Fasasi gave the advice on Sunday in a communique he signed at the end of the group’s monthly meeting in Ibadan.
He said: “Many youths in the country engage in consumption of alcohol and other hard drugs.
“This has adverse effects on their psychological wellbeing, resulting in thuggery, armed robbery, kidnapping, banditry, gun running, among others.
“We call on government at all levels to address the rate at which hard drugs and drinks are being circulated in the society.
“We frowned at the unregulated manner alcohol and other hard drugs are being displayed and sold at motor parks as well as other parts of the society.
“This is responsible for some major road crashes recorded on the road in Oyo State and Nigeria in general.”
He also called on government to enforce the law and impose heavy sanction, without fine, that would discourage the sales and consumptions of alcohol and other hard drugs in the society.
Fasasi urged parents to mentor their children for them to be useful to the society.
He also called on the governments and well-meaning Nigerians to empower youths and the needy, saying that empowering them would reduce the insecurity challenge in the country.
The chairman urged them to stop the habit of giving cash that would add no value to the lives of the citizens at the end of the day.
Fasasi appealed to the Federal Government to address the high cost of foods and other goods in the markets.
He said that the scourging and high prices of food had made it difficult for Nigerians, especially the masses to feed their families.
Fasasi commended the Oyo State Government for evacuating the street beggars from the streets and advised other states in Nigeria to emulate the initiative.
He called on Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration not to relent on the initiative, saying it would reduce the rate at which female beggars were being impregnated and assaulted by suspected hoodlums.
According to him, children born from these sexual assaults are usually sold to those who will eventually use them for ritual purpose. (NAN)