The Chief Government Officer of the Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company (BDLEA), Brigadier Common Mohammed Buba-Marwa, has referred to as for international motion to finish the demand for illicit medication with a purpose to keep away from the devastating penalties of drug use and preserve modernity. societies sheltered from this scourge.
He made the decision whereas delivering a lecture to a gathering of lecturers, psychological well being professionals and Nigerians within the diaspora on the Jayhawk Welcome Centre, College of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, United States of America (UNITED STATES).
He notes that to win the warfare in opposition to habit and drug trafficking, there have to be international dedication and partnership as all forces have to be on deck.
Talking on the theme “Struggle in opposition to Substance Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking: Nigeria’s Story”, Buba-Marwa mentioned: “For about 33 months now, Nigeria has been waging a relentless marketing campaign to combat in opposition to illicit medication, primarily based on international greatest practices in drug legislation enforcement and guided by UNODC’s whole-of-society strategy to the drug drawback.
“Whereas we have now carried out a exceptional job, Nigeria’s anti-drug marketing campaign stays a piece in progress. Regardless, our achievements prior to now 30 months, in comparison with the previous 30 years, have strengthened our hope for higher achievements sooner or later.
“The help from worldwide companions, the governments of pleasant international locations, the federal government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigerian folks has bolstered our conviction that the objective we’re pursuing shouldn’t be unrealistic.
“We now have earlier than us an open perspective the place the objective of a drug-free society is a chance. »
He mentioned the selection of phrases for the marketing campaign in opposition to illicit medication in Nigeria “is a metaphor that displays the necessity to take drastic motion in opposition to a brewing illicit drug apocalypse.” He added that the ‘warfare on medication’ within the Nigerian context speaks to the seriousness of the state of affairs as an existentialist risk to the Nigerian nation and the urgency and depth of motion required to carry the state of affairs underneath management, including that the marketing campaign is nevertheless ongoing. carried out in accordance with international greatest practices.
“UN conventions inspired legislation enforcement companies from totally different international locations to work collaboratively. We’re maximizing alternatives by renewing and strengthening our ties with our worldwide companions, similar to INL and DEA right here in the USA; Indian Narcotics Management Bureau; the UK Border Pressure and the NCA; The German Bundeskriminalamt and the French police, amongst others.”
A press release from the company’s director of media and advocacy, Femi Babafemi, provides that different audio system on the occasion embody: Dr. Shawn Leigh Alexander, professor and chair of the Division of African and African American Research; Dr. Peter Ukpokodu, professor of African and African American research; Dr. Dorthy Pennington, additionally professor of African and African American research and Dr. Amal El Haimeur, assistant professor of African and African American research, all from the College of Kansas.