The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has reported that it deliberately enrolled the dubious rapper Azeez Fashola, otherwise called Naira Marley, as a embassador for its illicit drug use backing effort.
This choice has started both interest and discussion because of Naira Marley’s set of experiences of advancing and promoting drug use in his music and public picture.
‘Why we picked Naira Marley as representative’ – NDLEA uncovers the explanation for the choice
Femi Babafemi, the representative for NDLEA, shed light on the reasoning behind this surprising association in an exclusive meeting with Saturday Beats.
Babafemi made sense of that Naira Marley was picked for this job in light of his key place of power as the head of the “Marlians” movement, which flaunts a significant following, particularly among the youth.
The Marlians movement has become inseparable from Naira Marley’s exceptional kind of music and way of life, making it a strong stage to reach and effect a huge crowd.
The choice to select Naira Marley as a minister for Drug abuse advocacy is an essential exertion by NDLEA to use his impact for a positive reason.
Babafemi stressed that this joint effort means to use Naira Marley’s broad enticement to discourage substance misuse and empower a better way of life, especially among his Marlian supporters.
Babafemi tended to the clear Catch 22 of picking an artist related with drug culture to promote an anti-drug message.
In his words;
“It is an advocacy engagement with him. It is what we do as part of the responsibilities of the agency to promote advocacy messages that would discourage people from substance abuse. It is about the message.
“Don’t forget that he has a lot of young followers- Marlians- that look up to him. The idea is for the leader of the movement (Marlians) to come out and ask people to stop substance abuse, and live a new life.”
Be that as it may, NDLEA’s decision to delegate Naira Marley as a representative doesn’t mean he is insusceptible to lawful results.
Babafemi clarified that NDLEA’s obligation to authorizing drug regulations stays unaltered.
He described occasions from the earlier year when NDLEA arrested some of Naira Marley’s artists, Zinoleesky and Mohbad, on drug-related charges.
Babafemi declared that regardless of whether Naira Marley himself were to be gotten with unlawful substances, he would confront the proper lawful repercussions.
“Last year, we arrested some of his artistes (Zinoleesky and Mohbad). That is to show that we are not closing our eyes.
If the same Naira Marley is caught with illicit substances tomorrow, he will face sanctions,” he added.