The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has dispelled insinuation that it appointed hip-hop veteran Afeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley as its ambassador.
The clarification was contained in press statement by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy on Saturday.
According to the release, the anti narcotic agency leveraged Naira Marley’s popularity to discourage youths from substance abuse.
NDLEA maintained that it never appointed Naira Marley as its ambassador.
“This clarification became necessary following continued misrepresentation of the purpose of the visit, especially on online platforms where some reports suggest that the British-Nigerian singer was appointed as an NDLEA Ambassador.
“This is a misleading and absolute falsehood as the pictures of the visit and the short video containing Naira Marley’s advocacy message to his followers were properly captioned and shared by the Agency without suggesting such an appointment.
“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 against using same to promote and glamourise drug abuse with the dire consequence of misleading millions of Nigerian youths into their peril, is to create a balance between our drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts”.
It would be eecalled that on Thursday, 17 August, 2023, Naira Marley visited the National Headquarters NDLEA in Abuja to express his support for the fight against drug abuse in the country.