President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, as he clocks 68 on Thursday, September 9, 2021.
1st News reports that Marwa is the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Specifically, Buhari, in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Wednesday in Abuja; felicitated the former military Governor of old Borno and military Administrator of Lagos State on the auspicious occasion. President Buhari joined members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rejoice with the public servant; ‘‘who continues to distinguish himself in leadership.”
Further, he noted the fillip in the war against drug abuse and trafficking with commendable results.
Also, Buhari appreciated Marwa’s dedication to repositioning the NDLEA; sanitising the streets and reorientating youths on the dangers of substance abuse. The President affirmed that the track record of the former Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA), and Ambassador to South Africa, Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland has been inspiring.
He said these reflected his passion, training and experience, both local and international.
In addition, Buhari believed that Marwa’s patriotism and diligence had left imprints on the country; showing both old and young the way to go. The President prayed for his wellbeing and that of his family.
Meanwhile, about 400,000 Nigerian drug users who exchange needles and syringes as a group while ingesting drugs are responsible for the spread of HIV in the country.
This was disclosed by Dr Gambo Aliyu, Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA).
Aliyu made the disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday. He said the exchange of needles and syringes by drug users was one of the greatest causes of the spread of HIV, Hepatitis and other diseases. He was speaking at the presentation of the Evaluation report on Assessment of Pilot Needle and Syringe programme for people who ingest Drugs in Nigeria.
“People who ingest drugs constitute significant group that live with and spread HIV. The pilot strategy is to ensure that people who ingest drugs don’t exchange needles or syringes to reduce the spread of HIV,’’ he said.