NDLEA Speak On Alleged Endorsement Of Singer, Naira Marley

Days after it was alleged that Popular Nigerian singer, Naira Marley was endorsed by The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA after a video surfaced online showing the singer trying to discourage his fans from the use of hard drugs.

However, on Saturday, 19th August, NDLEA through their spokesperson, Femi Babafemi revealed that they didn’t endorse the singer, but was trying to use him to speak to his heterogeneous followers who are mostly youths to stay away from hard drugs.

Babafemi further stated that the reports online pseudo and revealed that the body decided to use the popular singer, who has over seven million followers mostly youths in Nigeria to sensitize them to abstain from drugs.

In his words;

“This is misleading and absolute falsehood as the pictures of the visit and the short video containing Naira Marley’s advocacy message to his followers were properly captioned and shared by the Agency without any suggestion of such appointment”.

“When an artiste, who professes that marijuana is good to seven million followers, turns a new leaf after some serious counselling, do we reject him, turn our back to him and allow him continue in his old habit or we accept him, give him a chance so he can reach out to his followers to quit substance abuse?

“In other words, why should we take our anti-drug abuse advocacy messages to schools, churches, mosques, market places, motor parks, Nollywood, kannywood, traditional rulers, labour and the entertainment industry but when one of their members accepts to turn a new leaf, we turn our back to him?

“This is no time for mischief or cynicism but the right moment we all need to encourage the singer and hold him accountable to his public commitment against substance abuse in his video message to his followers in the overall interest of our youths.” He said.

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