Why we chose Naira Marley for drug abuse advocacy - NDLEA


Femi Babafemi, the spokesperson for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), explained the agency's intentional choice to involve controversial artist Azeez Fashola, known as Naira Marley, in their drug abuse advocacy campaign. 

Despite Naira Marley's past associations with promoting drug use, the agency believed his influence could effectively discourage substance abuse among his young followers.

Babafemi highlighted that using Naira Marley as an advocate did not exempt him from legal consequences. He mentioned that NDLEA arrested some of his artists in the past, emphasizing that if Naira Marley were found with illicit substances again, he would face sanctions.

Addressing critics, Babafemi urged them to focus on the campaign's message rather than fixate on the advocate's history. Notably, actress Tonto Dikeh and others had expressed dissatisfaction with NDLEA's decision to involve Naira Marley in the campaign.

The spokesperson for a former Delta State Governor, Ossai Success, vowed to take legal action against NDLEA if Naira Marley was seen smoking after his involvement with the agency's campaign. A social media user, Joshua Ominuta, also questioned the agency's choice of advocate.

Despite the controversy, NDLEA believes that using Naira Marley's influence can contribute positively to discouraging substance abuse among young people.


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