The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has categorically denied the rumors circulating about the appointment of music sensation Afeez Adeshina Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, as its ambassador.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, clarified the situation. He explained that the recent interaction with Naira Marley was aimed at encouraging the music star to utilize his talents in dissuading young people from engaging in substance abuse.
The NDLEA vehemently stressed that Naira Marley was not appointed as its ambassador, contrary to the speculations that have been circulating.
The agency further addressed the misrepresentation of the visit’s purpose, particularly on online platforms. It was highlighted that pictures and a short video of Naira Marley’s advocacy message were shared by the agency, but they did not imply any ambassadorial appointment.
The NDLEA’s decision to collaborate with Naira Marley, who boasts a substantial following of over seven million, stems from their intention to strike a balance between curbing drug supply and reducing drug demand.
By leveraging his platform, Naira Marley can effectively counteract the promotion and glorification of drug abuse, thereby averting the potential danger of misleading countless Nigerian youths.
In a notable move, Naira Marley and his team visited the NDLEA’s National Headquarters in Abuja on August 17, 2023. During this visit, he expressed his commitment to contributing to the fight against drug abuse in the country.