Some Nigerians have taken to social media to call out the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) over their choice of partnering with controversial music artist, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, popularly called Naira Marley, in campaign against drug abuse in the country.
Naira Marley made headlines after some pictures and videos of him with the NDLEA chairman during his visit on Thursday to the National Headquarters of the Agency in Abuja surfaced online.
NDLEA, via its official X (formerly Twitter) handle, tweeted: “Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), with music star Naira Marley when the artiste paid a visit to the National Headquarters of the Agency in Abuja to declare support for the War Against Drug Abuse on Thursday 17th August 2023.”
Tribune online reports how Naira Marley, a few months ago, took to social media to pray not to see anything that will make him stop smoking.
The music star in the post on his X account wrote, “God, please don’t let me see what will make me leave smoking.”
The choice of Naira Marley, who is well known for openly flaunting cannabis and smoking in visual contents, has not sat well with some Nigerians who berate NDLEA and the Nigerian Government over the development.
Reacting to the development, @bigtimmi wrote, “Nigerian Government paid Naira Marley to read scripts to us . I’m sure Naira Marley will still do his shi tonight lol🤣🤣Nigeria is just a joke of a country.”
Another user, @bankaikokoju tweeted, “We no serious for this country 😂😂.”
@Blis_up wrote, “Naira Marley visit @ndlea_nigeria isn’t important because we all know he’s still going back to smoking. He just went there to pay a visit and has normal routing. Maybe he can get updates on what’s new in town 😂😂😂. If u believe he’ll stop smoking 🚬 coz of the visit you’re a bingo.”
@Niffy15 wrote, “Naira Marley as NDLEA ambassador against drug abuse is the same thing as appointing Hushpuppi as EFCC ambassador 😂”
@Bigtimini tweeted, “Naira marley is now NDLEA ambassador make dem just make Davido ambassador of DUREX, Make hushpuppi EFCC ambassador and kanyo kanyo ambassador of human affairs make we know say Nigeria nah skit 😭😭💔.”“Naira Marley as NDLEA ambassador against drug abuse. Don’t be surprised if Hushpuppi becomes president in some years to come. Nonsense country,” @IamGeeworld opined.