October 21, (THEWILL) – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has warned politicians against sponsoring or encouraging the use of illicit drugs.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Agency, Buba Marwa, during the weekly ministerial briefing at the State House in Abuja on Thursday, stressed that where there was evidence of the involvement of any politician in illicit drug business, the agency would not hesitate to prosecute anyone involved.
According to the NDLEA boss, the agency will never support the economic use of cannabis because there is no scientific proof that it heals.
With about 10.6 million users, Nigeria leads in the consumption of cannabis, hence its legalisation would never be considered in the interest of the nation, he added.
Marwa proposed that politicians should not only advance advocacy against illicit drug use but be subjected to a test before being entrusted with the responsibility of public offices.
He proposed 20 years or life sentence for drug traffickers to replace the option of a fine, as enshrined in the NDLEA Act currently under revision in the National Assembly.