10.6m Nigerians Abusing Cannabis – NDLEA

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has said that the present figure of 10.6million Nigerians abusing cannabis is frightening and enough to sound the alarm bell.
The NDLEA boss said this in Abuja on Wednesday at a national security summit organised by the House of Representatives; where he warned that current moves by some stakeholders to push for the legalisation of cannabis in Nigeria will rob the country of the gains so far made in the renewed war against drug abuse and trafficking in the country.
The director, media and advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi in a statement yesterday said General Marwa said that the strong nexus between drug abuse and the security challenges across the country is incontrovertible.
According to him, “Presently, there is no bigger national issue than the issue of insecurity in Nigeria. It is one of the big challenges, if not the biggest, threatening our dear country.
“Insecurity is today, a full-blown malady with many manifestations such as insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, murder, robbery, reprisal killing, name it.”
He said there has never been a government that is more committed to ending this spate of insecurity than the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The president has matched political willpower with resources, but the scope and frequency of these acts of destabilisation and the audacity displayed by the perpetrators call for a second, critical look at the malaise.
“The persistence of the problem has forced on us the necessity to start to look at likely extraneous factors that might be sustaining the resistance from the criminal elements and in doing so, try to connect the dots.
“The relationship between substance abuse and crime is a fact. What is clear is that no sane human being will rise against society to commit the kind of gross atrocities as we are witnessing in recent years, except such an individual has first hardened his heart with mind-altering substances.
“The use of drugs for perverted purposes is not a new phenomenon, neither is it something that just started in Nigeria. There are precedents in world history,” the statement added.

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