Nigeria may lose ground already gained in the war against drug peddling in Nigeria if lawmakers succeed in legalizing cannabis in the country.
This is the position of the Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brigadier-General Buba Marwa, on Monday, August 30, during a visit to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, of Kano State.
Marwa, appealed to individuals to resist such an attempt by some public office holders as it would frustrate the war against drug abuse in the country.
“With over 8, 634 arrests; 2,776,000 kilogrammes of drugs worth over N100 billion seized; 1,630 convictions; 3,232 cases in court, and over 4,000 drug users counselled and rehabilitated between January and now, we are already making substantial progress in our drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts,” he noted.
Marwa said, “We are, however, convinced that the ongoing attempts by some of our elected officials to legalise Cannabis; which is being abused by over 10.6 million Nigerians will be a drawback for the achievements so far.
“This is why I want to implore Your Excellency and Kano State not to support the attempt to legalise Cannabis.”
He appealed to the Governor not to support any bid by some elected officials to legalise Cannabis Sativa as the NDLEA is doing so much to cut availability and accessibility to illicit drugs across Nigeria; and that any attempt to legalise the illicit substance will be a setback to the progress made so far.
Marwa warned landlords to ensure that they do not accommodate drug traffickers in their houses; as the NDLEA would not hesitate to seek forfeiture of any property used to store illicit drugs when offenders are caught.
He asked Governor Ganduje to support the NDLEA with 25 hectares of land to build barracks in the state; as well as a property that would house a Zonal Command office in Kano.
He commended the Governor for making drug test a prerequisite for public officials; and those aspiring into public office in the state.
Governor Ganduje, in his remarks declared his opposition to any attempt to legalise Cannabis Sativa in the country even.
Ganduje, assured that no lawmaker from the state will support such a bid in the National Assembly; and the fight against drug abuse is also key to winning the battle against insecurity in the country.