President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Brig-Gen Mohammed Buba Marwa, as the Chairman/CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
1st News reports that his appointment takes immediate effect.
Marwa gained huge popularity and national prominence during his time as the former military administrator of Lagos State. He had introduced a number of reforms which endeared him to Lagosians. One of his innovations, the tricycle affectionately referred to as Keke Marwa, has become one of the most ubiquitous means of transportations in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria today.
He was also a former military administrator of Borno State.
A close ally of President Buhari, Marwa had worked as Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA). He had functioned in that role between 2018 and December 2020. His brief, along with others, had been to come up with a solution on how to end drug abuse in Nigeria.
Marwa is widely renowned for his record of excellent performance; with feelers indicating that he is bound to shake up the NDLEA in his new role.
The new appointee is well-read. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University; as well as another Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He has also been variously trained in the Nigerian Military School and the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.
Marwa was once military attaché to the Nigerian Embassy, Washington DC, USA, and defence attaché, United Nations, New York; as well as former ambassador to South Africa and the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland.
Meanwhile, President Buhari and the Federal Government have been criticised for the continued incarceration of Shiites leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
El-Zakzaky has been in prison for several years.