Defence & Security

CSOs charge NDLEA to partner religious leaders in rehabilitating drug addicts

By Paul Michael

Several Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under WAANSA-NIGERIA have appealed to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agancy (NDLEA) to partner with religious leaders in its bid to rehabilitate and reintegrate addicts and offenders to be useful citizens.

This was made known in a press statement at the weekend in Lafia, Nasarawa State, to mark the 2022 United Nations Day Against Drugs and illicit Trafficking, which was signed by Temitope Lamidi, WAANSA-NIGERIA president, Yusuf Ardo, Secretary Orgamising Committee and Igwe Martin, Director Media and Advocacy.

According to the group, the religious leaders are in good position to regulate the behaviour of drug addicts and inculcate hood morals into them.

“As we join the International community to observe this year’s day against drug abuse and illicit Trafficking with the theme: Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crises, WAANSA-Nigeria appeals to NDLEA to integrate religious leaders in complimenting their effort to rehabilitate drug victims.

“Religious leaders are in a good position to regulate their behaviours and inculcate moralities needed to modify them positively. Doing that will be a practical way to strengthen action and co-operation which remains the intention of the United Nation,” the group said.

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It passes a vote of confidence on the NDLEA, saying the drug fight by the agency has led to reduction of illegal proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

“Having evaluated the activities of NDLEA in recent times, the General Assembly of WAANSA Nigeria, which comprises of tens of Civil Society groups working for peace in Nigeria with special consideration to eliminating illegal proliferation of small arms and light weapons, passes Vote of Confidence on General Buba Marwa led NDLEA as we kick start National mobilization to appreciate the agency and expand the Advocacy against drug abuse to more states and border communities,” it said.

WAANSA-Nigeria therefore called on youth, women, traditional rulers, politicians and International communities to support NDLEA, adding that elimination of drug abuse have direct impact towards addressing security challenges currently bedeviling the country.

“All stakeholders in Project Nigeria must realise that we need a peaceful polity that can guarantee election and transfer of power come 2023. Hence, the need for all Nigerians to say no to drugs,” the group added.

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