Monarch Warns Youth Against Cultism, Drug Abuse


Worried by the rising cases of youth’s indulgence in cultism, drug abuse and related vices, a Traditional Ruler, Eze Christopher Wonodi has warned against such acts, saying they were capable of destroying their future.
Wonodi, who is the Eze Mbam Abali X11/Eze Risiohia in Rebisi, Port Harcourt, stated this during an exclusive interview with The Tide at his office in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital at the weekend.
He said such youth pose a threat to society, because aside belonging to cult groups, some also take to drugs which he describes as twin evils; adding anyone under the influence of hard drugs can rape, indulge in criminal activities and even kill.
“Honestly, I feel very disturbed at what some of our young men are into these days, especially cultism and drug abuse. When something keeps you awake, it is disturbing. The rate at which we see all these things in society is so much and the worst of it is that you cannot say anything.
“You cannot do much either because when it gets to a point where maybe you raise the alarm and nobody comes out you can imagine the problem you may have put yourself.
“What can a cultist offer to society or his family? This is the time to go to school or learn one trade or engage in something meaningful to become useful tomorrow.
“The implication is that not much of these youth with the right frame of mind and capacity will be available to lead the nation. We may not even see those to look after our communities and direct affairs like some of us are doing now as traditional leaders,” the traditional ruler said.
Wonodi added that, “This is not to say there are no responsible young boys and girls. No! It is just that there are too many of them engaging in cultism, drug abuse and related activities. It is dangerous trend that must be checked.


Dennis Naku