Drug War: NDLEA tasks religious leaders to heighten advocacy in sermons
By Salihu Ali, Abuja
Religious leaders in Nigeria have been called upon to heighten the advocacy on the war against abuse and illicit trafficking in their sermons in order to help achieve a drug free society.
The Executive Chairman Nigeria’s Anti-narcotic Agency the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency NDLEA, Retired Brigadier general Mohammed Buba Marwa made plea in Abuja shortly after a special Juma’at prayers.
The Juma’at prayers is part of activities marking the 2022 United Nations day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking with the theme ‘addressing drug Challenges in health and humanitarian crisis’.
Marwa urged religious leaders to constantly admonish youths in their sermons to stay away from drugs, and desist from trafficking the illicit substances for a better Nigeria.
“So we are grateful to the Almighty Allah and call on our religious leaders to highten the advocacy in all the communities in Nigeria, it must be in all the sermons constantly that stay away from drugs, it is bad, for the health, the family and for the community.”
The NDLEA boss noted that, the agency in the last sixteen months, have cleaned the streets of Nigeria of nearly four million kilograms of illicit substances.
“In the last fifteen – sixteen months, we have cleaned the streets of nearly four million kilograms of illicit substances.”
“You can imagine if that had gone to the streets the damages it should have done or the amount of money from this illicit business that would have gone to the streets.” Marwa added.
The Chief Imam National Mosque Professor Shehu Galadamci offered special prayers to NDLEA and its officials for Allah to give them more protection and foresight in the battle of ridding Nigeria of drug related problem.