I have been pondering on this issue for a very long time.
When i was in high school, i attended a boarding school were the student were so rough and rude.
The school had lots of bushes around and sometime the student were found in this bush. The principal always punish people found in this kind of place because it was out of bound, but the student always go there either to smoke, gamble or have sex.
I had four friends who we were so close to me and we respected each others value, but three of this my friends were smokers, were not always attending classes. Since there parent were very rich, they always pay their way into having good result.
There was this faithful day, they were smoking inside the domitory and they ask me to join them in smoking, but i refuse to smoke, so they told me that i was not man enough that is why i cant join them in smoking; on hearing this i had to join them becuase i wanted to proof to them that i was a man and i also joined them in doing all sort of bad things that almost cost me my life.
So after my encounter with the Salvation Army Facilitation Team, I realised that i have been under peer pressure and decided to fight my weaknesses.
I have been sharing my experience with other people whenever i am opportune to.
I had to stimulate my other friends towards behavioral change, they are also part of the team.
Teens and young adults in Nigeria suffer from a poor self image, they constantly compare themselves to their peers, they want to be popular, want to be older and to live in a different house, they are often vulnerable to pressure from their peers.
I am so worried about the younger people in our society who are passing through alot of dangers.