The drug test is to ensure that these politicians do not hold public officers “under the influence of drugs.”
Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has demanded that politicians seeking public office and students seeking admission to higher education institutions undergo drug integrity tests.
Marwa revealed this on Tuesday in Abuja, while speaking as a guest speaker at the presidential diary magazine’s 5th-anniversary lecture on the topic of “Drug abuse and National Security Challenge: Way Forward.”
The NDLEA Director of Publicity and Media, Femi Babalola, issued a statement titled “Why politicians, students, must undergo drug tests – Marwa.”
The Chairman emphasized the importance of drug testing for lawmakers in the upcoming elections.
According to Marwa, the drug test is to ensure that these politicians do not hold public officers “under the influence of drugs.”
The statement read in part;
“As elections come up in the states and across the country, there is the need for the people to entrust the management of their treasury and their wellbeing in the hands of politicians that have clear minds because no public office holder under the influence of drugs can think straight.
“He said same thing applies to students who are seeking admission into higher institutions.
“He said because of the evidence-based strong nexus between drug abuse and security challenges across the country, concerted efforts must be made towards tackling the drug scourge headlong.
“In this regard, we are doing our best in our area of responsibility in the NDLEA.”