20th June, 2021
Nigeria’s anti-drug Czar Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa is pushing his drug war to a new level as he said anyone intending to get married would have to do drug test.
He stated this on Saturday at the yearly Ogidi-Ela Day cultural celebration in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi.
Marwa, chairman of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),
was the guest speaker at the occasion.
He didn’t say how this will be implemented or whether a national law is on the way to compel observance of this rule.
But he said President Muhammadu Buhari is resolute in his new thrust to purge the country of illicit drugs.
“Be reminded ladies and gentlemen, that, President Muhammadu Buhari is resolute in his new thrust to purge the country of illicit drugs
“And the NDLEA is doing everything possible to meet up with Presidential Mandate to clean up our streets, towns and cities.
“That is why we have put in place various programmes with far reaching effects, one of which is drug integrity test.
“In the nearest future, anyone seeking employment into any government industry or ministry, parastatal or agency; or seeking admission into tertiary institution; or even getting married must first have to do drug test,” he said.
Explaining further, Marwa said intending couples have always had to do one test or the other to ensure that they have a successful marriage.
“If people are getting married don’t we ask them to do HIV test?
“Don’t you ask them to bring (result) of their Genotype Test?
“Now, if I put the question: How many (parents) want their children to marry drug addicts?
“Please raise your hands”.
There was no hand raised from his audience, so, the former Military Administrator of Lagos State urged parents to protect their children and their future by saying “No to drug”.
“Let me also seize this opportunity to say how delighted I am to say that Ogidi (community) has a very successful and resourceful persons who can catalyze the efforts of keep drugs and their destructive consequences out of our country.”
He eulogized the contributions of some indigenes of Ogidi community to national development