The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (retd.), has emphasised on the need for politicians seeking public offices and students seeking admission into higher institutions to undergo drug integrity tests.
Marwa made this known on Tuesday in Abuja while delivering a paper on ‘Drug abuse and national security challenge: way forward’, as the guest speaker at the 5th anniversary lecture of presidential diary magazine.
The statement titled ‘Why politicians, students, must undergo drug test – Marwa’ was made public by the NDLEA Director of Publicity and Media, Femi Babalola, where the Chairman pointed out that politicians in the forthcoming elections should undergo drug tests.
According to Marwa, the drug test is to ensure that these politicians do not hold public officers “under the influence of drugs.
“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,” the statement read in part.
“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,” Marwa revealed.