From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, New York
President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig Gen Buba Marwa (retd), on the recent successful operation of the agency, leading to the smashing of an international drug syndicate and recovery of 1,855 kilograms of cocaine.
According to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari, who called the Chairman of the anti-narcotics agency from New York where he is attending the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77), said that the news of the recovery gladdens his heart.
“I deeply appreciate the work that you have put into the eradication of the drug menace. It gladdens my heart as I continue to follow the successes achieved under your leadership,” he stated.
“You have demonstrated over and again that choosing you to lead this fight against wicked merchants of death whose sole aim is to endanger and truncate the future of our youth is a very good choice. Please keep up the good work.”
At a meeting later with members of his delegation, the president said: “Buba Marwa is doing well. Two tonnes of cocaine, that’s a haul.”
The NDLEA had announced the “highest cocaine seizure” worth over 278 million dollars and arrest of drug barons including a foreigner in a major operation lasting two days across different locations in Lagos.