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15 million Nigerians consume illicit drugs – Marwa



15 million Nigerians consume illicit drugs – Marwa

The President and CEO of the National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Buba Marwa, said that 15 million Nigerians engage in illicit drug use.

Mr Marwa revealed this during an interactive session with the presidents of the Plateau local governments on Wednesday in Jos.

He denounced the increase in the distribution and consumption of illicit substances, adding that one in seven Nigerians engaged in drug abuse.

He called the trend “shameful,” saying the agency had put in place modalities to curb the threat.

The President said that the drug abuse spike had destroyed many young people and communities, hence the rationale for the interactive session.

“As I speak to you, 15 million Nigerians are using illicit drugs; one in seven Nigerians uses hard substances.

“There is no community in Nigeria that is exempt from drug abuse and that is why we continue to have safety issues here and there.

“Drugs generate a lot of negative action, especially among young people; it destroys our young people and even communities.

“So we came to interact with the presidents of local governments, so that together we can find a lasting solution to this threat.

“We want Presidents to work with us and support us to drive this hydra-headed monster called drug abuse out of our society,” he said.

He called on the presidents of the councils to replicate the war on drug abuse committee, AMA, recently launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, in their different fields and communities.

Shehu Usman, President of Local Government of Jos North, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, thanked Marwa for organizing the interactive session.

He argued that such a move would go further to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and other vices.

He pledged that the presidents would collaborate and support the NDLEA to tackle all forms of drug abuse in society.


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