A group of young people from Taraba worries about the proliferation of illegal weapons and drug addiction | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Taraba Youth and Women Mobilization and Awareness Movement (TAYOWOMAM) has expressed concern over the widespread proliferation of illegal arms and adverse effects of drug abuse among the youths in Taraba State and Nigeria in general .

At a summit titled “Campaign Against Crime and Drug Abuse” held in Jalingo, Taraba State, the group’s Chairman, Autan Zaki, highlighted the urgent need to combat the scourge of criminality , illegal gun possession and drug addiction in their communities.

They noted with concern the growth of illegal weapons “among us and the devastating effects of drug addiction on our health and our prospects are increasing by the day.”

The group, which said crime knows no borders and its consequences are felt far beyond its immediate victims, said: “We must recognize the harsh realities we face daily – the impact of crime on our families, the proliferation of illegal weapons in our countries. environment, and the devastating effects of drug addiction on our health and future prospects.

Calling for all hands on deck to combat the menace, they agreed that “it is up to us to combat the scourge of crime, illegal gun possession and drug addiction that afflict our communities “.

“Illicit activities erode the social fabric, breeding fear, mistrust and instability. As youths of Taraba State, we must stand united against this menace, refusing to be complicit in its perpetuation.

“Illegal gun possession exacerbates the cycle of violence and poses a serious threat to our safety and security. We cannot turn a blind eye to the presence of guns in our communities, nor tolerate their use as an instrument of intimidation or coercion.

“It is imperative that we work in tandem with law enforcement to stem illegal gun trafficking and ensure our neighborhoods remain safe havens for all,” the group said.