A cleric has put the burden of delivering 'science students' from the bondage of substance abuse on the Nigerian government and rich people in the land.

The Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos (Anglican Communion), in a demand on Sunday said the government and rich Nigerian could help.

First, he wants Nigeria's leaders to do more by creating employment for the youth, as they are the future leaders.

Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye, was delivering a sermon at an event dubbed outing with the Bishop, with the theme; “Say No to Drug Abuse". It was held at the Church of Resurrection, 1004 Flats, Victoria Island, Lagos.

For wealthy Nigerians, the cleric wants them to help empower the youth, adding that government cannot do it alone.

“There is need for us to be passionate about youth development, because we believe that many of our youths are neglected, and are not brought up properly.

“We believe that oil, gas and agriculture are not the greatest resources of a nation, but the youths are the greatest resources of the development of a great nation.

“We believe that they are the future of our great nation, in actual fact they are the posterity, they are the hope of our future in this country.

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“We believe that it will be proper for us to have a holistic approach to youth  development, if we do that we are actually building great leaders.

“That is why we are embarking on this campaign because we know that drug can kill their vision and destroy their future," he said.

He urged parents to teach their wards the path of righteousness, saying that without the youths there is no nation.

“We need to intensify our efforts on the youth empowerment and development, the rate of unemployment is alarming, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.

“The government and the church should create employment for the youths, if they are empowered and engaged they will be preoccupied, the rate of drug abuse will be minimised if not eradicated.

“My advice for youths using drugs is that they should shun drug use, because it is a time bomb that will destroy their lives," he added.

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