By Elizabeth Uwandu
The need for Nigeria youths to rise to the occasion of leadership and shun social vices formed the one day summit on campus security themed, “ Cultism and drug abuse among Nigerian Youth:A Threat to National Peace and National Security;organised by the National Union of Lagos State Student NULASS.
The summit held at Federal College of Education, Akoka had in attendance students from higher institutions within and outside Lagos , and special guest speakers such as Deputy Superintendent of Narcotic, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Mrs Chizoba Eluka, Mr Maxwell John and Mr Victor Olayinka from the Department of State Security Service DSS, Lagos Command.
Declaring the event opened, NULASS national president, Daniju Sultan said the youths who no longer pride themselves as leaders of tomorrow but leaders of today, have not live up to its status as large percentage of them are involved in drugs and cult related activities.
His words: “It is a known fact that youths are the “Leaders of tomorrow,” but we always say we are the leaders of today. However, reality tends to show that a larger percentage of us are not ready to take charge in Nigeria of today as some of us are busy abusing drugs and engaging in cult related activities. That is the reason we still have aged people at the helms of affairs.
Sultan, however urged the youths to take the summit as opportunity to give cultism and drug abuse red cards and make Lagos a drug and cult free state.
Mr Maxwell, who spoke on the negative impact of cultism lamented that students gave all sorts of reasons why they joined secret societies, such as frustration from disturbances from lecturers, class mates and even at the home front; vengeance, retaliation, peer pressure and poor academic; Reasons that spell doom for those engaged in it.
On the impact of cultism on the students, the DSS spokesman said “ Cult activities have resulted in lots of evil such as destruction of lives and properties in an advent of clash, low self esteem, constant fear of loss of lives of cultists, and above all disruption of academic pursuit of the victims due to lack of concentration.”
Maxwell however, gave out the DSS number for students to report any form of harassment from cultists and lecturers, also called on them to shun cult activities as they hamper security and poise threat not only to the students but to the nation in general. tips
For Mrs Eluka, who blamed broken homes as major reasons for youth who engage on drug abuse; advised them to always seek for counselling rather engaged in drugs in period of crisis. Her words,” Eight out of 10 cases of youth drug abuse come from broken homes. So, parents have to ensure that they settle their differences for the well being of their children;
“Youths on the other hand should seek counselling from appropriate quarters , rather than succour to peer pressure and the abuse of drug.” said the Narcotic counsellor.
A student while appreciating NULASS president Sultan, and guest speakers for bringing such sensitive topic for discourse, called on lecturers to stop undo harassment to students, especially the female ones. As most times, those harassed students sought protection from secret cult members who invariably engaged in drug abuse.