The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Monday, sharply rejected demands for the legalisation of cannabis in Nigeria.
NDLEA boss, Buba Marwa, also noted that the nation cannot afford to mortgage the lives of the citizens for financial gains by legalising cannabis.
Marwa stated this on Monday while responding to earlier calls by Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu for the legalisation of cultivation of Cannabis Sativa in the country.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, ahead of the 2021 World Drug Day, he maintained that it is not acceptable to NDLEA and that the agency will continue to burn down marijuana farms and prosecute whoever is caught doing the business.
He, therefore, reemphasized that such calls by Governor Akeredolu and some legislators must be resisted at all cost.
Marwa reechoed his suggestion to have politicians subjected to drug testing before they are allowed to contest for elective positions.
He explained further that this has become necessary to ensure that only sane persons are allowed to lead the country in whatever capacity.
“Students and intending couples should also be subjected to drug tests”, he added.