Adeboye cautions youths against drug abuse
Nigeria is on the brink of an epidemic as far as substance abuse is concerned, the wife of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Folu Adeboye, has said.
Adeboye said this recently at the graduation ceremony of the 49th set of Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry (CADAM).
She hinted that available statistics show that the global prevalence average for substance use is 5.6 per cent whilst Nigeria’s prevalence rate is 14 per cent – almost triple of the global average.
She insisted that the need for youths to desist from drug abuse amongst other vices is important.
CADAM is a non-governmental organization that caters to the rehabilitation and reintegration of individuals who have overcome drug abuse in Lagos.
The 49th set had a total of 36 people – 31 male and five female.
Adeboye, who doubles as the matron of CADAM said: “We are all gathered here today to witness the faithfulness of God in the lives of these 31 men of honour and 5 virtuous ladies as they graduate from here to return to the society fortified by the teachings and guidance they have received here.
“I am a proud Mother today to these beautiful children of God and a witness to what God is doing in the lives of any beneficiary that steps in here, their families, CADAM itself and the society at large. We all know that substance abuse disorders have ravaged our Nation and this unfortunate situation is a clear reminder that all hands must be on deck to save our youths from destruction as well as the soul of our nation.”
Earlier, while welcoming guests and congratulating CADAM graduates, the chairman of CADAM, Anthony Aletor, expressed gratitude for the success of CADAM.
He said: “There’s no doubt that CADAM in its 30 years of existence, has contributed to the successful treatment and rehabilitation of 3000 beneficiaries, most of whom are now living productive, independent and drug-free lives in various areas of human engagements and are indeed happy to witness another send-forth,” he revealed.”