Drug war: HURIWA commends NDLEA boss, Marwa
A civil society organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to confer the second highest national honour of Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON) to the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd).
HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, yesterday, said the call followed the uncommon leadership traits and high ethical values exhibited by Marwa in his task of fighting illicit drugs in the country.
According to HURIWA, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will be remembered even if for no other positive legacies, but for making one of the best appointments of the few fearless, consistently patriotic and highly valued professionally trained soldiers, Brigadier General Marwa as the Head of the NDLEA, which hitherto had apparently collapsed under the heavy weight of alleged corruption, administrative compromises and weak institutional enforcement of the relevant law.
The rights group stated that since coming on board, Marwa alongside his seasoned management team has reformed the NDLEA and has waged a successful war on drugs, which primarily is targeted at uprooting the menace by cutting off the head of the snake, by way of arresting the major barons fueling the drugs industry in Nigeria.
HURIWA further noted that the current hierarchy of the NDLEA has done a lot of spade work to infuse professionalism, discipline and competency into the operations of the anti-narcotics agency and has made it one of the most respected law enforcement agencies in the country today.
HURIWA said: “We in the organised civil rights community are pleased to note that NDLEA has verifiably secured the conviction of 984 drug offenders and traffickers in the last six months.”