NDLEA boss Marwa wants mandatory drug tests for politicians, government officials

The drug czar wants all states to emulate Kano.

NDLEA chairman, Buba Marwa [NDLEA]

Ex-military Governor of Lagos and Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa, wants mandatory drug tests for government officials and politicians seeking government positions, just like is being done in Kano.

Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje recently directed all contestants for the All Progressives Congress (APC) executive council positions to undergo mandatory drug tests.

Ganduje also authorised similar drug tests for local government contestants, political appointees and members of the state executive council (before they were handed portfolios).

Marwa commends the Kano state governor for initiating and implementing the drug tests for political office holders and calls on other state governors to emulate him, NAN reports.

“We have requests from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the School of Infantry, where we were able to carry out drug tests on their warrant officers.

“We did that at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC),” says Marwa.

The NDLEA boss also prescribes drug tests before marriages and for university students.

“For instance, we feel that tertiary institutions need to do drug tests for their students before they start school or when they are returning from holidays.

“If they test positive, it will affect their progress in school. The test will help us know those that need help early enough before it gets worse.

“It is the same line of thinking, that in Nigeria, like anywhere else in the world, once a youth, after completing school and getting a job, the next thing is marriage.

“Since in Nigeria we go for genotype test, we do HIV test before marriage, voluntarily, why can’t we add drug test to the list, so that it will further propel reduction in the prevalence?

“Anybody that is positive will cut back because his or her intended wife, husband or in-laws may not be comfortable.

“We believe from cutting back, he or she will stop the habit or the prospective in-laws will rally round to help,” he says.

Marwa also continues to warn against legalising cannabis.

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