Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig-Gen Buba Marwa (rtd), has urged traditional rulers and parents to demand a drug-free certificate before contracting marriages.
Marwa made the call on Monday during a courtesy call on the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai El-Kanemi in Maiduguri.
Marwa said that intending couple should also be asked for their HIV/AIDS result as well as the results of other medical tests.
He said that the measure has become imperative, considering the worsening menace of drug use in the country.
“The need for wedding Fatihah to be accompanied by a drug-free certificate is very important as both parents will have rest of mind.
“Now you have so many cases after marriages, some men chasing their wives with knives in the house,” he said.
He said that the measure has been adopted in other parts of the country, adding that it was important for all sections of the country to embrace the idea which would go a long way in safeguarding marriages as well as ensuring a drug-free society.
He charged traditional and religious leaders to champion the campaign against substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in their communities.
The NDLEA chairman conferred the Shehu of Borno with the title of Royal Ambassador of the War Against Drug Abuse in Nigeria.
In his response, the Shehu acknowledged the tremendous efforts and commitment of the NDLEA to make Nigeria a drug-free country.
El-Kanemi who lamented the destruction caused by insurgents under the influence of drugs in Borno, assured the NDLEA chairman of their support for the campaign against drug abuse and trafficking in the state. (NAN)
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