By G9ija

The United States (U.S) Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, has promised to strengthen her country’s support in the fight against drug abuse in Nigeria.

Leonard, who visited the new Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), in Abuja, said Nigeria and the United States have a long history of cooperation, as they both share important interests in ensuring peace and security.

She said the visit was an early call to congratulate the new chairman, get his assessment and priorities, as well as fashion out how to work together going forward.

Marwa expressed gratitude to the United States government for their support to the agency over the years.

Also, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has supported the proposal by the NDLEA for students to undergo drug integrity tests before admission into tertiary institutions.

NANS President Asefon Sunday Daye stated this during the association’s visit to  Marwa in Abuja.

The students’ leader regretted that drugs have done more harm than good to Nigerian students.

He said: “We support the drug test policy. Drugs have done more harm than good to Nigerian students. We do not want Nigerian students to continue to die of drugs.

“We are here to congratulate you and declare our support for your nascent administration. From your antecedents, we can now go home to sleep with our two eyes closed with the assurance that Nigeria is in safe hands on drug control issues,” he said.

Marwa, who hailed the NANS president and his team for the visit and show of solidarity, urged them to strengthen “Drug-Free Clubs” on campuses.