The Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has explained why Cannabis Sativa cannot be legalised in Nigeria.
Marwa spoke as a guest speaker at the 2021 Ulefunta annual public lecture organised by the Deji of Akure Kingdom in Ondo State, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi and chaired by the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae.
A statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said Marwa was represented by his Special Adviser on National Drug Control Master Plan, Otunba Lanre Ipinmisho.
The statement said, “We have seen narco-terrorism in countries like Colombia and Mexico where drug cartels are law unto themselves and are as powerful, if not more powerful, than the State.
“So, there are real cases, not scenarios, of where and how illicit substances played a role in a society’s rapid descent into chaos and tettering on the brink of a failed state.
“So the pertinent question for us today is: Have drugs played any role in the festering insecurity in Nigeria? The answer is yes. Of this, we have ample evidence.”