A Civil Society Organization, CSO, Concerned Nigerians, on Tuesday, expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of former Military Governor of Borno and Lagos States, Brigadier General Buba Marwa, as new Chairman of NDLEA, will ensure a successful fight against drug abuse in the country.
Mr. Deji Adeyanju of CN, said the track record of Marwa can still be seen in his performance when he was Military Governor of Lagos State, and people still attest to it even as he described Gen Marwa as competent Nigerian fit for the job.
He said the desired results in the fight against drug abuse will soon begin to manifest as he Marwa will turn things around.
Marwa took over from the former chairman/CEO of the agency, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (rtd), whose tenure expired on January 11. 20121.
Adeyanju said, “However, many of our expectations have been dashed by Nigerian leaders. We hope that he will not disappoint many people who are optimistic of him to do well as the new NDLEA boss.
“It is expected his track record, especially when he was in Lagos as Military Administrator or Governor where he did so much there will be sustained. He has been out of office for a long time so he must have had enough time to reflect and be in a position to do much better. So, we are optimistic that he will do quite a lot.”
Adeyanju however tasked the new NDLEA boss to initiate a positive legislation that would promote export of marijuana as other countries are doing and making billions of Dollars, especially now government is making effort to diversify the economy from oil to other revenue generating sectors.
“This is a way to charge him because right now the world is moving away from fuel and so he should think outside the box, especially as it regards to the issue of marijuana (Indian hemp), the world is making billions of Dollars in export.
“So Nigeria should begin to think in that line especially in diversifying the economy because the economy is almost completely collapsed.
“So he and his team should think of a way out to providing the necessary enabling legislation, through which he can support the House of Representatives, where there is a Bill currently so we can see how we can export to the world to create employment, generate billions of Dollars and improve our Gross Domestic Product, GDP, and improve our economy”, he said.
He also advised the new NDLEA boss to begin fight against drug abuse in flash-point States, which he believes he (Marwa) knows what to do to arrest the situation.
“Emphasis should be placed in certain states in the country, and I believe he (Marwa) knows where to start the fight against drug abuse in the country.
“Once emphasis is laid in the key flash-points we can get our youths out of the streets because the fight against drug abuse will positively influence our youths to go back to schools including out of school children. He knows what to do because he has being in the game for a very long.
Mr. Adeyanju called on youth groups, religious, traditional and community leaders including Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, institutions, and international community to support the new NDLEA chair to drastically reduce the menace of drug abuse, and change the narrative.
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