Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, has recommended integrity drug test as requirement for all politicians seeking public office and public office holders.
Marwa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that idea behind the call for the test “is to reduce the prevalence of drug abuse” in the country.
He recommended the same integrity test for students seeking admission into higher institutions and those returning from vacation as well as intending couples.
The NDLEA chief said conducting drug tests on intending couples would help detect the problem at an early stage just as the agency had consistently advocated.
Marwa appealed to religious leaders and parents to consider adopting the test for their children and their members before marriage.
He urged state governments as well as Ministries, Departments and Agencies to consider conducting drug test on public office holders in government.
The NDLEA chair commended the Kano State governor for initiating and implementing drug test for political office holders and urged other state governors to emulate him.