“Drug Abuse Is Not Fun” by Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi

“Drug Abuse Is Not Fun” by Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi

Addressing youths in his keynote speech at a conference under the Anti Substance Abuse Programme (ASAP), aimed at promoting awareness on drug abuse, the Chairman, MTN Foundation, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, reminded them about the dangers of drug use for recreational purposes.

 

“This problem is an everywhere, everybody and every time challenge,” he said. “The first thing is to realise that we must solve our problems. The next point is to realise that nobody will solve our problem for us. We Nigerians must devise our own means to combat it.”

 

Juxtaposing unforgiving standards of persecuting drug traffickers and drug abusers on the Asian continent and Nigeria’s use of a more lenient approach to tackling same issues, he emphasised the need for youths to be part of the bigger fight against substance abuse with the MTN Foundation’s ASAP that is aimed at properly educating youths on the dangers of drug abuse.

He buttressed the organisation’s guiding tenets focused on listening to and addressing the needs of youths in contemporary times. To him, this approach was essential, considering the significant changes in social standards over different generations; hence the need to adjust in order to fix the problem of substance abuse in the country holistically through enlightenment campaigns without necessarily coercing youths. However, he didn’t fail at sounding an alarm about the dire consequences of abusing drugs and the need to nip this problem in the bud.

 

“Most people may not know that the current statistics show that 18 percent of Nigerians are involved in abuse of drugs and such substances. Now, which means that out of a 100, there will be 18, roughly speaking. Now, we are roughly 300 here, now look and check if the next fellow is okay.”

 

He continued, “It is not fun, this is at every level; from the highest level of governance through the professional levels, to students in the university, and the young people even in the elementary and secondary. More research have shown that even from the age of seven, some people have been exposed, it is serious and that’s why we have the Foundation.”

His closing remarks received standing ovation from students who cheered on in the ‘Aluta’ spirit.

 

Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi
Chairman,
MTN Foundation