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Naira Marley as ambassador was not confirmed by NDLEA.


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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has denied choosing singer Naira Marley to serve as its ambassador following a recent meeting with the organization’s Chairman, Mohamed Buba Marwa.
According to a statement by the agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, the meeting was held to urge Naira Marley to use his influence and platforms to create content that will discourage millions of his followers and Nigerian youth from using drugs.

The declaration said;

This clarification was necessary since the visit’s objective had been repeatedly misrepresented, particularly online, where some stories said the British-Nigerian musician had been named an NDLEA Ambassador.

“This is untrue and deceptive because the Agency appropriately captioned and disseminated the images of the visit as well as the brief video carrying Naira Marley’s message of advocacy to his followers without making any mention of such an appointment.

In order to strike a compromise between measures to reduce both drug supply and demand, the government decided to support Naira Marley, who has over seven million followers and represents half of the country’s drug users.

“This is also consistent with the Agency’s strategy of fighting drug misuse on a worldwide scale, with best practices from around the world, and with the subject of this year’s World Drug Day: People First: Stop Stigma and Discrimination, Strengthen Prevention.

“Do we reject him, turn our back on him, and let him continue in his old habit, or do we accept him, give him a chance, so he can reach out to his followers to stop substance abuse?” asks an artist with seven million followers who professes that marijuana is good.

Alternatively said, why should we take our anti-drug abuse advocacy messages to schools, churches, mosques, market places, motor parks, Nollywood, kannywood, traditional rulers, labor, and the entertainment sector but turn a blind eye to one of their members when they decide to turn a new leaf?

“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.”


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