The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Buba Marwa has lamented the pervasive abuse of (cannabis) substance in the country, with an estimated 10.6 million Nigerians actively abusing the substance.
Marwa, at the launch of War Against Drug Abuse in commemoration of the United Nations International Day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Abuja, said Nigeria is the highest user of cannabis globally.
The NDLEA boss described as worrisome the increasing trend of drug abuse in the country even as he linked the malaise to increasing insecurity and terrorism.
Marwa has constantly campaigned against the abuse of drugs in Nigeria. Earlier on Monday, he stressed that he is opposed to demands for the legalisation of cannabis in Nigeria. He explained that the nation cannot afford to mortgage the lives of the citizens for financial gains by legalising cannabis.
The NDLEA has so far under his administration seized N90 million worth of drugs as the agency has called for partnership particularly with the establishment of a Special purpose committee, to win the war against drug abuse.
President Muhammadu Buhari was represented at the event by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha. Members of the National Assembly and other top government functionaries were also at the event.