The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Bello, has called on religious and community leaders to work with government to fight the scourge of drug abuse in the country.
Bello made the call when he received members of the Jamiyyatu Ansariddeen Society (Attijaniyya) on a courtesy visit on Monday in Abuja.
He reiterated government commitment on the fight against drug abuse, adding that its effects should not be left to government alone to handle.
The minister said the FCT Administration would gladly lend its support to activities of religious bodies aimed at fighting the menace, as well as other social vices in the FCT.
He urged the Attijaniyya group to use its influence in the society to preach tolerance and peaceful co-existence, while educating its followers on the need to be law abiding at all times.
While commending the group’s orderliness in its affairs, Bello also appealed to the group to give more attention to its contributions toward security in the country.
The minister promised FCTA’s support for the group’s interfaith activities, which he described as commendable.
“Your efforts at ensuring peace through interfaith activities are really commendable. FCTA will support you in any way it can,” he said.
The group’s leader and national secretary, Malam Muhammad Yahaya, said the group was established primarily to mobilise Muslims for productive purposes, promote education and international cooperation among different faiths.
He commended the minister for the completion of abandoned projects and opening up new road networks in the FCT.
Yahaya solicited the support of FCTA in the group’s interfaith activities to engender peace in the FCT.
He also solicited the collaboration of FCTA in its other humanitarian activities aimed at bringing succour to indigent residents.