The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has disclosed that an estimated sixteen million Nigerians use narcotic drugs.
This was made known at the official presentation of an anti-drug abuse campaign tagged “Be Smart, Don’t Start”. The campaign is jointly promoted by the Agency in collaboration with the Celebrity Drug-Free Club. Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency Ahmadu Giade while unveiling the television commercial said that efforts must be made to reduce drug use through advocacy and public enlightenment.
According to the commercial, “16,000,000 Nigerians use cannabis commonly known as hemp while 7,000,000 Nigerians use cocaine, heroin or both.
Seventy-seven thousand, four hundred and eighty-eight suspected drug traffickers were arrested by the NDLEA between 2000 and 2013 for various drug offences even as over 100 officers died in the line of duty since the Agency commenced operations in 1990”. Members of the Celebrity Drug-Free Club that featured in the commercial include, Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy and Chief Executive Officer of Prime Time Entertainment, Mr Dayo Adeneye also known as D1, President of Drug Salvation Foundation and Convener of NDLEA Celebrity Drug-Free Club Mr Wilson Ighodalo as well as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Yes Magazine, Mr Azuh Arinze. Others are Chief Executive Officer of Ouch Clothing, Mr Uche Nnaji also known as Style Doctor; Music Producer, Mr Wilson Joel and Ace Sport Broadcaster, Mr Godwin Enakhena.
Giade described the celebrities as patriotic Nigerians who are interested in the wellbeing of members of the public. “These ambassadors are genuinely motivated to contribute their quota to the growth and development of our country. They have invested their time and material resources towards the success of this campaign. This is one community service that is worthy of emulation. The Agency will continue to require the assistance.
– Xavier Ndanyongmong