Buhari appoints Marwa as chairman NDLEA
Former military administrator of Lagos and Borno states, Brig-Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd), has been appointed as the Chairman/CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
As a close ally of the President, Marwa had worked as Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA) between 2018 and December 2020, along with others to develop a blueprint on how to end drug abuse in Nigeria.
Sources in the presidency and the NDLEA headquarters in Abuja, confirmed that the appointment takes immediate effect. At the anti-drug law enforcement agency, a top official, who craved anonymity, said the management team of the organisation was already prepared to welcome Marwa as he resumes this week.
Noted for his tradition of excellent record of performance wherever he touches, there are already high expectations of enduring reforms by staff of the agency and Nigerians who have been commenting on the appointment.
One of such is from a public commentator, Mr. Timawus Mathias, who on his Facebook page yesterday, admonished NDLEA officials to prepare for shake up and serious work.
Highly polished, intellectually deep and a pan-Nigerian, Marwa was once military attaché, Nigerian Embassy, Washington DC, USA, and defence attaché, United Nations, New York, as well as former ambassador to South Africa and the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland.
He obtained a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and another master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. These are in addition to his training in the Nigerian Military School and the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.