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Our country must address drug abuse to solve the problem of insecurity – Wike

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Rivers State Governor Nyesome Wike has said Nigeria must address the threat of drug abuse in order to overcome the current security challenges facing the country.

The Governor stated this when he received the President / CEO of the National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) took the opportunity of his tour of the Agency Commandos in Rivers State to pay a courtesy visit to the Governor.

Wike said that Nigeria cannot continue to fight security challenges without addressing the problem of drug abuse as one of the main causes.

“As the government is fighting insurgency, rape, banditry, kidnapping and other security challenges, we must not look away from drug abuse as the main cause and if we managed to reduce the supply of illicit drugs, we would have resolved substantially the problem. of insecurity in the country, ”said the governor.

He reiterated that with the personality and background of General Buba Marwa in public service, he has no doubt that he will triumph as President of the NDLEA if he has all the necessary support from the authorities and all stakeholders.

Woke said: “I have no doubt that the magic that he did in Lagos as a military administrator will be replicated in NDLEA if the authorities and all stakeholders have the necessary support.”

The governor announced the donation of some vehicles to enhance NDLEA State Command operations and also promised to help build a rehabilitation center for the Agency in Port Harcourt.

Earlier, General Marwa said that he began his tour of the NDLEA commandos in Rivers because of his affinity with the state.He had started his military career in the state after graduating from the NDA in 1973, adding that as Mene Yereba 1 from Ogoni land, you feel at home in Rivers.

He congratulated the governor for the great work he is doing for the people of the state and his support of the war on drug abuse.

“As a Public Administration student with a master’s degree from Harvard University and having served as a military governor in Borno, as well as a military administrator in Lagos and having served under seven Nigerian heads of state, when I see a governor acting, I know and today I’m in front of one, ”he said while praising Governor Woke.

He emphasized that behind the security challenges facing the country is the problem of drug abuse and as such, he will spare no effort to combat those involved, whether they are consumers, street vendors, traffickers or barons.

He noted that even though Rivers is number 14 on the prevalence table of drug abuse in the country, he asked for more support from the Agency so that the battle is taken to the hiding places of those involved in the illicit act.

After visiting the governor, General Marwa visited the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army, where he requested the cooperation and support of the state’s military authorities for the NDLEA and the war on drug abuse.

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