The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, claimed that the organization purposefully hired the contentious performer Azeez Fashola, nicknamed Naira Marley, for its drug misuse advocacy.
Remember how a video of Naira Marley telling young people to cease using drugs drew criticism? This was especially true given that the musician is well-known for glorifying and promoting drug usage.
Babafemi stated, “It is an advocacy engagement with him,” in a Saturday Beats interview. Promoting advocacy messages that would deter people from substance misuse is what we do as part of the agency’s duties. The message is what matters.
“Remember that he has many youthful admirers who look up to him, Marlians.
The representative for the drug agency added that just because Marley is being used as an advocate does not mean that the agency won’t detain him if he is found in possession of illegal drugs. “We arrested some of his artists (Zinoleesky and Mohbad) last year,” he claimed. This serves to demonstrate that we are not averting our gaze. The same Naira Marley will be punished if he is discovered tomorrow in possession of illegal drugs.
Babafemi stated that detractors should think about the message rather than the messenger.
Tonto Dikeh, an actress, was one of many who criticized Naira Marley’s selection. On social media, she stated, “NDLEA, you are acting in a disgrace. This is a daughter of the soil coming up about your misbehavior, thus it’s not meant as an insult.
“I stay away from garbage, especially that of other people. I must admit that this is the largest scandal from a government or drug enforcement agency. More would be nice, but I’ll hold off till NDLEA comes to take me up for an interview, drug test, or simply a discussion. I’ve given you my address. If you don’t treat them with respect, we’ll run into trouble. And if I receive a response, I will happily do so disrespectfully.
Ossai Success, an assistant to former Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, threatened legal action against NDLEA in a Facebook post if he spotted Naira Marley smoking after his visit to the organization. I shall file a lawsuit against NDLEA if I see Naira Marley or any of the other.
An instagram user, Joshua Ominuta, also wrote, “So you guys couldn’t find a responsible human being to promote your stuff?”