Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (retd.), Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has insisted that politicians seeking public offices and students seeking admission into higher institutions to undergo drug integrity tests.
Marwa stated this while delivering a paper on ‘Drug abuse and national security challenge: way forward’, as the guest speaker at the fifth-anniversary lecture of presidential diary magazine in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to a statement issued by Femi Babalola, NDLEA Director of Publicity and Media, Marwa canvassed that politicians in the forthcoming elections should undergo drug tests..
He noted that it is imperative for the test to be carried out in order to certify that politicians do not hold public officers “under the influence of drugs”.
The statement read: “As elections come up in the states and across the country, there is the need for the people to entrust the management of their treasury and their wellbeing in the hands of politicians that have clear minds because no public office holder under the influence of drugs can think straight.
“He said same thing applies to students who are seeking admission into higher institutions.
“He said because of the evidence-based strong nexus between drug abuse and security challenges across the country, concerted efforts must be made towards tackling the drug scourge headlong.
“In this regard, we are doing our best in our area of responsibility in the NDLEA.”