Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. General Mohamed Marwa (rtd), has warned against the current moves by some stakeholders to push for the legalisation of cannabis in Nigeria.
He said the move would rob the country of the gains already made in the renewed war against drug abuse and trafficking in the country.
Marwa, while speaking in Abuja at a national security summit organised by the House of Representatives, said the current figure of 10.6million Nigerians abusing cannabis is frightening enough to sound the alarm bell.
According to him the strong nexus between drug abuse and the security challenges across the country is incontrovertible.
He said, “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 dear country.
“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 ten steps backward. It will no doubt rob the nation of recent gains in the war against illicit drugs.”
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