Following earlier reports that the National Assembly wants to legalise the use of cannabis in Nigeria, it has been reported that the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa, has warned against moves to legalise it in Nigeria.
Marwa disclosed that such a step will amount to taking a step forward and 10 steps backward which will rob Nigeria of the gains it has made so far in the renewed war against drug abuse and trafficking.
This was reportedly disclosed in a statement by the agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, titled, ‘Marwa warns against attempt to legalise cannabis’.
According to Marwa, “Presently, there is no bigger national issue than the issue of insecurity in Nigeria, it is one of the big challenges, if not the biggest threatening our country.”
He added that, “Insecurity is today a full-blown malady with many manifestations such as insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, murder, robbery, reprisal killings name it.”
The NDLEA boss said that “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.”
“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 10 steps backward.”