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NDLEA Boss Marwa Says 15 Million Nigerians Use Illegal Drugs

NDLEA Boss Marwa Says 15 Million Nigerians Use Illegal Drugs 

Retired Brig.-Gen Buba Marwa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), claims that 15 million Nigerians use illicit drugs.

News Agency of Nigeria

On Wednesday in Jos, Marwa revealed this during an interactive session with Plateau Local Government Chairmen.

He bemoaned the rise in the distribution and consumption of illegal drugs, claiming that one in every seven Nigerians was a drug addict.

He called the trend “shameful,” but added that the agency had put plans in place to combat it.

According to the chairman, the rise in drug abuse has destroyed many youths and communities, which is why the interactive session is being held.

As I speak to you, 15 million Nigerians use illicit drugs; one out of seven Nigerians take hard substances.

“There is no community in Nigeria that is exempted from drug abuse and this is why we keep having security challenges here and there.

“Drug propels a lot of negative actions particularly among young people; it is destroying our youths and even the communities.

“So, we have come to interact with local government chairmen, so that together we can find a lasting solution to this menace.

We want the chairmen to work with and support us to kick this hydra headed monster called drug abuse out of our society, “he said.

He urged the council chairmen to replicate President Muhammadu Buhari’s recently established War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) committee in their respective domains and communities.

On behalf of his colleagues, Mr Shehu Usman, Chairman of Jos North Local Government, thanked Gen. Marwa for organizing the interactive session.

He claimed that such an action would help raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and other vices.

He promised that the chairmen would work together and support the NDLEA in their efforts to combat all forms of drug abuse in society.

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