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NDLEA Clarifies Collaboration with Naira Marley to Combat Substance Abuse

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has clarified its engagement with music sensation Afeez Adeshina Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley. The agency states that the purpose of this collaboration is to leverage Naira Marley’s influence and platforms to dissuade his millions of followers and Nigerian youths from engaging in substance abuse.

Naira Marley, accompanied by his team, visited the national headquarters of the NDLEA in Abuja on Thursday, August 17, 2023, expressing his willingness to contribute to the fight against drug abuse in the country. The NDLEA emphasizes that this visit is not indicative of Naira Marley being appointed as an NDLEA Ambassador, contrary to some reports circulating online.

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In a statement, the NDLEA clarifies, “The decision by the agency to encourage Naira Marley with over seven million followers, half the population of those who abuse drugs in Nigeria, to use his platform to share anti-substance abuse messages as opposed to promoting and glamourizing drug abuse is to create a balance between our drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts.”

The agency underscores the significance of utilizing Naira Marley’s vast online presence to raise awareness about the adverse effects of substance abuse among Nigerian youths. The NDLEA asserts that this collaboration aims to align its efforts in reducing both the supply and demand for illicit drugs, thereby safeguarding the well-being of the nation’s youth.

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