Fight against drug abuse deadlier than insurgency – Buhari

By our reporter| The effects of drug abuse in the country is worse than acts of insecurity and banditry, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday.

President Buhari made the comment at the launch of War Against Drug Abuse at the State House in Abuja, in commemoration of the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking.

Buhari who was represented at the event by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, directed the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to develop a robust community engagement strategy, as well as destroy cannabis plantation and production sites of criminals within the forests, particularly in the South-West and South-South.

Also speaking at the event, NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, lamented the pervasive abuse of cannabis among Nigerians.

According to him, about 10.6 million Nigerians are actively abusing the substance.

According to him, Nigeria is the highest user of cannabis globally, a trend which has contributed to the insecurity in the country.

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