NDLEA Denies Appointing Naira Marley As Ambassador For War Against Drugs

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has refuted claims of appointing singer Naira Marley as its ambassador for the war against drug abuse.

NDLEA Denies Appointing Naira Marley As Ambassador For War Against Drugs

KanyiDaily recalls that NDLEA had announced that Naira Marley visited their office in Abuja to show his support for the War Against Drug Abuse campaign.

The rapper, who expressed his preparedness to join the fight against drug abuse in Nigeria, urged the youths to steer clear of drugs and substance abuse due to its detrimental effects on their overall well-being.

Naira Marley’s advocacy triggered a backlash on social media with many Nigerians criticizing NDLEA for acknowledging that singer who is known for incorporating themes of drug use in his songs and videos.

In a statement on Saturday, the NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi clarified that Naira Marley is not an ambassador of the anti-graft agency, clarifying the nature of a recent meeting between him and the agency’s Chairman, Mohamed Buba Marwa.

Babafemi explained that the purpose of the meeting was to encourage Naira Marley to leverage his influence and platforms to put out content that discourages substance abuse among his vast following of Nigerian youths.

The statement read, “This clarification became necessary following continued misrepresentation of the purpose of the visit especially on online platforms where some reports suggest that the British-Nigerian singer was appointed as an NDLEA Ambassador.

“This is misleading and absolute falsehood as the pictures of the visit and the short video containing Naira Marley’s advocacy message to his followers were properly captioned and shared by the Agency without any suggestion of such appointment.

“its decision to encourage Naira Marley with over seven million followers, half the population of those who abuse drugs in Nigeria, use his platform share anti-substance abuse messages is to create a balance between our drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts.

“This is also in line with the Agency’s whole of society approach to the fight against drug abuse, and in tune with global best practice as well as the theme for this year’s World Drug Day; People First: Stop Stigma and Discrimination, Strengthen Prevention.

“When an artiste, who professes that marijuana is good to seven million followers, turns a new leaf after some serious counselling, do we reject him, turn our back to him and allow him continue in his old habit or we accept him, give him a chance so he can reach out to his followers to quit substance abuse?

“In other words, why should we take our anti-drug abuse advocacy messages to schools, churches, mosques, market places, motor parks, Nollywood, kannywood, traditional rulers, labour and the entertainment industry but when one of their members accepts to turn a new leaf, we turn our back to him?

“These are questions those opposed to Naira Marley’s needed change may have to ponder on. Indeed, no one is better suited to take the message against drug abuse to the Marlians than the head of the same movement.

“This is no time for mischief or cynicism but the right moment we all need to encourage the singer and hold him accountable to his public commitment against substance abuse in his video message to his followers in the overall interest of our youths.”

KanyiDaily recalls that Naira Marley recently sparked outrage on social media after he shared a video of two sem–naked ladies dancing for him on his birthday.

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