Mixed reactions greet ban on consumption of ‘ogogoro’ in Adamawa

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Apr 7th, 2014
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imageMixed reactions have greeted the ban on brewing and consumption of local gin popularly known as “Ogogoro” in Bachama Kingdom of Adamawa.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the traditional ruler of the kingdom, Chief Honest Irimiya, announced the ban on Saturday at the annual Kwete traditional wrestling festival in Lamurde.

The Bachama also announced the ban on the smoking of Indian hemp and other psychopathic substances.

NAN correspondent reports that the development has been drawing reactions from various segments of the population particularly as it affects Ogogoro.

While many people supported the ban, others kicked against it.

“It is a good measure, Ogogoro consumption has serious adverse effect on our youths, I support the ban”, said Mr Hindi Livinus.

Blessing Abraham, Ishaya David and Titus Buba also supported the ban and urged security operatives to enforce it because “it is a laudable idea”.

“I want the authorities concern to enforce the ban. This thing is not only making our people useless but also killing them”, Abraham said.

However, Talatu Musa and Sunday Kojo, said the ban was harsh and hasty, adding that the Bachama Traditional Council should have enlightened the public before announcing the ban.

According to them, it would have sensitised those consuming the substances on the dangers of doing so and enable them to decide for themselves.

“Some people particularly ex-service men and police use to relax taking these local brew like burukutu and Ogogoro, if you ban Ogogoro you are depriving them of one of their favourite sources of relaxation”, Musa said.

An ogogoro brewer, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said the traditional council was not fair to them over the decision.

“If you say ogogoro is harmful, it is so to those who take more than necessary like other drinks.

“Even drugs, if taken beyond prescribed dosage is also harmful to the body”, the brewer said.

Meanwhile, Adamawa House of Assembly has commenced move to support the Bachama traditional council by passing a law to enforce the ban.

Mr Adamu Kamale, Chairman of the House Committee on Information, said a public hearing would soon be conducted on the bill. (NAN)


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