President Bola Tinubu has emphasized the need for intensified efforts to combat drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria, providing his unwavering support to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Expressing his commitment, Mr. Tinubu stated, “I reaffirm this administration’s resolute support to NDLEA in its continuous endeavor to control drug-related activities and ensure the safety of our nation.”
He further urged everyone to increase their efforts in the battle against drug abuse and trafficking within the country. The president acknowledged and expressed gratitude towards local and international partners, specifically mentioning the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
During the 2023 UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking event held in Abuja on Monday, Mr. Tinubu’s message was conveyed by George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
It is worth noting that President Tinubu’s stance on combating drug abuse and trafficking comes at a time when questions persist about his alleged involvement in a drug trafficking case in the United States during the 1990s.
1993 Mr. Tinubu forfeited $460,000 to U.S. authorities concerning a drug trafficking investigation. Documents released last year by the Northern District Court of Illinois provided details of his legal battles concerning drug-related charges and money laundering.
During the presidential election tribunal, opposition candidates Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Peter Obi included Mr. Tinubu’s alleged participation in the drug trafficking scheme in their respective petitions.