Chairman of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (retd.), has revealed that 15 million Nigerians use illicit drugs.
Marwa disclosed this in Jos, the Plateau State capital, during an interactive session with local government chairmen in Plateau State.
He decried the surge in the distribution and consumption of illicit substances, adding that one out of seven Nigerians indulged in drug abuse.
He said: “As I speak to you, 15 million Nigerians use illicit drugs; one out of seven Nigerians take hard substances. There is no community in Nigeria that is exempted from drug abuse and this is why we keep having security challenges here and there.
“Drug propels a lot of negative actions particularly among young people; it is destroying our youths and even the communities.
“So, we have come to interact with local government chairmen, so that together we can find a lasting solution to this menace. We want the chairmen to work with and support us to kick this hydra-headed monster called drug abuse out of our society.”