By Stanley Onyekwere
Abuja residents under the umbrella of Concerned Residents/Parents Association are urging federal lawmakers to ignore purported attempts by illegal night club owners to get legislative support, that seeks to compel the FCT Administration to legitimize their activities within the residential areas of the nation’s capital city.
They argued that night clubs which hitherto operated within residential areas of the city have become a source of concern to them, adding that most of the clubs harbour questionable characters, selling illicit drugs and pollute the neighbourhood with very loud music.
Recall that the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) recently intensified raid on nightclubs and worship centres operating in prohibited places. The Council also issued 30-Day ultimatum to operators within residential area across the nation’s capital, even as it has set up mobile court to prosecute all offenders.
Making this appeal, leader of the group, Oluwale Ibrahim who made the group’s position known in a chat with journalists at the weekend, said these nefarious activities associated with the nightclubs have not only exposed their lives to dangers but have also jeopardized the proper upbringing of their children.
He insisted that no responsible parent would want to allow her or his children grow in that kind of environment.
According to him, “ You will not believe that in some of these night clubs, you see strip dancers and women of free virtue who hand around the night clubs and lounges.
“That is why we are appealing to the National Assembly not to endorse the illegality that the club owners are asking them to allow.
“We learnt that they ran to the National Assembly in order to prevent the FCT officials from stopping the immoral business.”
Ibrahim maintained that members of the National Assembly should consider the future our young generation who would be leaders of tomorrow, adding that the lawmakers should not lay a foundation that will breed leaders who are drug addicts, alcoholics and people without any sense of morality.