The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), on Friday said ongoing moves to legalise cannabis would fail at the National Assembly.
This was as he warned that any legislator at the National Assembly who vote to legalise cannabis would not dare return to their constituencies.
Marwa said this on Friday while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The NDLEA boss said cannabis had destroyed a lot of lives across the country and should not be legalised for monetary profits.
He added that the World Health Organisation had confirmed the dangers of the substance to the brain, adding that Nigeria is the highest consumer.
He said, “So, while we appreciate those who want to legalise it for financial gains, we have to be careful to reconcile it with life. So, it’s money versus life. And up to this point, science has not developed up to the point where it can remove the THC in cannabis to zero.
“Therefore, cannabis is harmful to our health; it is a danger to society. We must never allow its legalisation. What’s more, Nigeria has 10.6 million cannabis users; this is the highest in the world. Isn’t it sad?
“We can never support legalisation and I don’t see how the National Assembly would pass the Act because I know 90 per cent or more of the honorable and distinguished members of the National Assembly know the implications of this legalisation.
“They dare not go back to their constituencies if anyone signs legalisation because we’re seeing the implication on the ground. The youths, the families are being destroyed because of cannabis and drugs. It wouldn’t be legalised by the grace of God.”