The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd), has attributed the increase in insecurity in Nigeria to drug abuse, describing it as a national tragedy.
Gen. Marwa who spoke at a meeting with critical stakeholders in Lokoja yesterday, said
bandits, kidnappers and several other persons engaged in issues of insecurity in the country were usually on drugs, and it had become a problem every Nigerian must join hands to tackle.
He said it was time for all hands to be on deck and work collectively in stemming the tide, adding that the NDLEA had resolved to reduce to its barest minimum, incidences of drug abuse.
He said the NDLEA was working to fight against accessibility to drugs by seizing and destroying the intake of cannabis sativa, adding that the agency was equally committed to fighting the drug supply chain and discourage drug users.
He described the drug demand and consumption levels in the country as alarming, adding that all stakeholders had critical roles to play in reducing the demand for drug consumption in the country.
While lamenting the decline in family value, Marwa urged parents to be observant of their children and wards, saying religious leaders should use their platforms to preach against the dangers of drug intake and abuse.
Earlier in a welcome remarks, the Kogi State Commander of NDLEA, Alfred Adewumi, commended the repositioning of the NDLEA by Brig Gen Buba Marwa to fight drug abuse, saying the scourge had negatively impacted on society.