Veteran Nollywood actor Zack Orji has blamed the high levels of drug abuse in Nigeria’s entertainment industry on poor parenting.
The industry was recently rocked by the death of Beat FM disc jockey, DJ Olu, who recently passed away after reportedly suffocating to death in a closed car, where he had been smoking with a friend.
Speaking in a recent interview, Orji claimed that poor parenting was the reason wh many youths took up such habits.
“I would say the problem of drugs in the entertainment industry especially with young musicians is a problem of poor parenting. We must inculcate in our children a good moral compass. When they go wrong, we must not fail to correct them.
“We should not condone certain things and make our children feel like they can get away with certain things.
“A lot of it has to do with poor parenting, negative peer pressure and a feeling of insecurity; believing that you have to do something to belong to a certain class.”
The actor said he battled to give up smoking which made him sick at a point but eventually did three years after he got married.
“I quit smoking because at a certain time, it was no longer pleasurable. As a matter of fact, I discovered that anytime I smoked over the years, I fell sick. I gave it up the first time for three years, then I relapsed but I finally stopped three years after I got married. I just discovered that anytime I smoked, I did not feel comfortable with myself, so I gave it up.”