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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Why 85 per cent of mad people in Nigeria are youths


Someone once stated that in the next 10 years or so, there will be so many mad people on the streets who will be youths. Why? someone asked – because they got engrossed in the ‘get rich quickly’ syndrome and sacrificed their future for it.


Now a Medical Doctor, Dr Aliyu Abubakar of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, has revealed that the youths account for over 85 per cent of mad people in Nigeria.
The DON made the remark in a paper he presented at a sensitization workshop for youths organised by Bizara Youth Development Association in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State entitled: “Drug Abuse in Nigeria: Causes, Effects and Solutions.”
He said:


“According to a recent study, 85 per cent of mad people in Nigeria are youths within the age bracket of 18-38 years.


The major cause of mental challenge in Nigeria has gone beyond drug-abuse as the youths now inhale lizard faeces, putting their noses into pit toilets, smoking matches, smoking dried horse feces and mixing lizard feces with dye powder.

Drug abuse disorder is a common problem affecting about 5 per cent of the of the world population with an estimated 10.2 per cent in the USA.”
He recalled that in Nigeria, it was recently reported that about three million bottles of cough syrup containing codeine is consumed daily in Kano State and about six million bottles consumed in the North-West. Abubakar added that in 2016, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency reported that about 40 per cent of Nigerian youths engaged in drug-abuse.


The medical doctor stressed that the consequences of drug-abuse include mental disorder, liver cirrhosis, lethargy and cardiovascular disorder among others.
Abubakar added that those abusing drugs mostly drop out of school, engage in cultism, violence, arm-robbery, thuggery, rape, lawlessness, murders and are culturally disorientated.
So, remember that everything you do today is a seed…

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