The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has revealed he will not encourage any attempt to make cannabis legal in the country, saying the legislature in Kano State will not encourage that also.
This was in a statement by Femi Babafemi, the Director, Media and Advocacy, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on Monday.
Femi Babafemi said, Ganduje spoke when the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, led top personnel of the agency to pay a courtesy visit to him as part of the agency’s active ‘War Against Drug Abuse’ in Kano State.
Ganduje applauded Marwa, saying his master plan was the way to win the war against insecurity in Nigeria.
“Besides, the stand of Kano State Government against drug abuse and trafficking; the predominant religion in the state, Islam, is against the twin evils of drug abuse and trafficking.
“Kano has the highest number of federal lawmakers in the National Assembly, none of them will support any attempt to legalise cannabis,” he said.
Marwa revealed that the NDLEA was putting effort to terminate the availability and accessibility of unlawful drugs across the nation. He said that any move to legalise unlawful substances would delay the progress that has being achieved over the years.
His words, “With over 8, 634 arrests; 2,776,000 kilograms of drugs worth over N100bn seized; 1,630 convictions; 3,232 cases in court and over 4,000 drug users counselled and rehabilitated between January and now, we are already making substantial progress in our drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts.
“We are, however, convinced that the ongoing attempts by some of our elected officials to legalise cannabis which is being abused by over 10.6 million Nigerians will be a drawback for the achievements so far.”