By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to the Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd), legalizing the use of cannabis in Nigeria will turn it into a nation populated by junkies.
Marwa said this in Abuja on Wednesday, via a communiqué issued by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Media Director, during a national security summit put together by the House of Representatives, noting that the present figure of 10.6million Nigerians abusing cannabis was frightening enough to sound the alarm bell, adding that there was a strong connection between drug abuse and the worsening security situation in the country.
The NDLEA boss urged caution on the part of the country’s legislators as any law legalizing the use of any psychotropic substance in the country would be counterproductive.
“The relationship between substance abuse and crime is a fact. What is clear is that no sane human being will rise against society to commit the kind of gross atrocities as we are witnessing in recent years, except such an individual has first hardened his heart with mind-altering substances. The use of drugs for perverted purposes is not a new phenomenon, neither is it something that just started in Nigeria. There are precedents in world history.
“So beyond speculations and armchair theories, there is ample evidence, from report statistics and from empirical data from the field, to conclude that the use of illicit substances is a contributing factor to the worsening security situation in Nigeria. And if this is so, Nigeria should be the last country to consider a law to legalise marijuana in any shape or form.“Should we have such a law, we will soon become a nation of junkies and criminals. As such, I will like to caution that our lawmakers should not legalise cannabis because it will amount to taking a step forward and ten steps backward”, Marwa lamented