Abuja - The Niger First Lady, Dr Amina Abubakar
Bello, has appealed to Nigerians to embrace recovering drug addicts to enhance their rehabilitation.
This way, she said, would ensure the addicts do not return to their old habits.
"I appeal to all of you to show some love to addicts who have been rehabilitated when they return to the society to give them a sense of belonging and accept them without stigmatization to enable them feel free and not return to drugs," Bello said.
She noted that it is the sense of abandonment and the feeling that people do not understand or love them that makes them return to drugs.
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Leading by example, she and her entourage decided to break their Ramadan fast with recovering addicts at the Niger State Social Rehabilitation Center in Minna to show them society appreciated them.
"We are also here to let them know that at whatever time they leave the rehab center, we are willing to accept them back into the society without stigmatization so that they can live normal lives again," she added.
Meanwhile, Bello has expressed shock over the high rate of drug abuse and addiction among youth saying this was a major cause of social vices, including insurgency.
She called on Nigerians to begin the fight against crimes and insurgency from their homes and environs by showing love to people who had been rehabilitated after the abuse of drugs to discourage them from returning to drugs and addiction.
- CAJ News