Afeez Adeshina Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, was reportedly chosen as the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s (NDLEA) ambassador, however this has been disputed by the agency.
The Director, Media and Advocacy at NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, clarified this Saturday in a statement.
He asserts that the current collaboration between NDLEA and Naira Marley was intended to inspire the musician to use his fame to prevent young people from substance misuse.
Contrary to speculations, NDLEA stressed that it never appointed Naira Marley as its ambassador.
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“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”.
iWitness recalls that on Thursday, 17 August, 2023, Naira Marley led his team members on a visit to the National Headquarters NDLEA in Abuja to express his preparedness to join the fight against drug abuse in the country.