We Want Drug Test On Presidential Aspirants – NDLEA
—Says drug test is necessary to ensure politicians vested with important national offices do not use budgetary allocations to go and buy cocaine or metamiphamine instead of providing needed services for the masses.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has again demanded that political parties subject presidential and other aspirants to a drug test.
NDLEA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gen. Buba Marwa, wrote a letter to the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Sen Abdullahi Adamu, requesting that officials of the NDLEA be given access to conduct drug integrity testing for the politicians seeking various offices in the country.
The APC has announced dates for its various primaries with the presidential primaries slated for May 30.
According to Marwa, when it is the turn of the PDP and other political parties to conduct their primaries, he would also write the National Chairman and request that operatives of NDLEA be allowed to conduct drug integrity tests on politicians aspiring for higher offices.
The NDLEA boss spoke during the 1st quarter award ceremony of the agency in Abuja.
“The drug test is necessary to ensure that politicians vested with important national offices do not use budgetary allocations to go and buy cocaine or metamiphamine instead of providing needed services for the masses,” he said.
Last year, aspirants vying for Philippine’s presidency all consented to a drug test, a move that later emboldened the country to make drug testing mandatory for contesting an election.
A former Chief of the Philippine National Police, Senator Ronald “Bato” said the drug tests are “necessary” likening presidential contest to security guards seeking to protect the country’s sovereignty.
“It should be! If security guards wanting to guard establishments are required to have drug tests, aspiring presidents who want to ensure the country’s safety should not be exempted. That would be unfair,” he said.