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Youths urged to shun cultism, Internet fraud



The younger generations of Nigerians have been advised to desist from indulging in cultism, internet scam and the illicit use of drugs as such destructive practices could jeopardise their future. President, Abuja Newspapers Distributors Association (ANDA), Comrade Orogun, gave the advice recently during the public presentation his book titled, ‘Dangers of Campus Cultism, Drug Abuse and Internet Scam’. Orogun, who expressed concern over the increasing cases of these negative behaviours among youths in secondary schools and tertiary institutions , said he joined the league of authors, all in an effort to stem the ugly tide in the society. He said that the 256 page book which took him about two years to write, was inspired by his daily confrontation with the damaging effects of these vices, on the pages of newspapers and on television screens.

Orogun, who disclosed that within the last five years, over 5,000 youths have died as a result of these triple social vices, stressed that the book would serve as a warning and a guide to generations yet unborn on the disastrous effects of drugs, internet scam and drug abuse on the youths, their families and the society at large, “I am always pained each time I hear of cultrelated killings in our campuses. Young men and women are wasting away on a daily basis in the name of cultism and drug abuse, and that worries me greatly.

“I wrote this book so that the upcoming generations will learn from the fallen ones. It addresses these societal ills. I cant not pass the message from house to house. So, I wrote the book so that people can see the extent to which drugs, internet scam and cultism is destroying our youths,” he said. According to the former dean of Law Faculty, OAU, Prof. Ademola Bukola, the author did not only highlight the causes and problems of the social vices but, went a step ahead to proffer solutions to all relevant stakeholders in the education, security, and the health sector. Bukola, who reviewed the book, noted that the author had revealed with ample evidence, the infiltration of the triple vices into basic schools across the country.

However, the chief presenter, Engr Omojadegbe Akanni, lamented that peer pressure, loss of moral values and lack of parental guidance, were reasons behind the rise in social vices among the youths saying, “the home is bastardised, the way homes are run is reason behind the rising cases of cultism. Parents have become slaves to their children. The parents have failed at their own end.” He urged parents to take back their place in the home and ensure they correct their children whenever they commit an offence no matter how little it might seem.

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