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Drug test: Stop denting integrity of politicians, IPAC tells NDLEA

A forum of 18 political parties under the aegis of Inter-Party Advisory Council has rejected the proposal that political parties should make drug integrity test part of the screening requirements for aspirants seeking to contest political offices in the 2023 general election.

The organisation described the proposal by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency as outrageous and a deliberate attack on the sensibilities of lovers of democratic governance in Nigeria.

The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brigadier-General Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd.), had asked political parties to make drug integrity tests part of the screening requirements for aspirants seeking to contest various political offices in the 2023 elections on their platforms.

But the National Chairman of IPAC, Yabagi Sani, in a statement on Friday, insisted that the proposal portrayed politicians as drug addicts who must be certified fit to run for various elective offices by the NDLEA.

While demanding apology from the agency, Sani said there was no justification for the extra constitutional requirements as proposed by Marwa.

He said, “IPAC demands an apology from NDLEA and strongly warn the anti-narcotic agency to desist from impugning on the character and integrity of politicians including those contesting for president who are patriotic, highly respected, well accomplished statesmen and women with proven integrity. There should be limit to rascality in the discharge of public duties.

“It is amazing that Brigadier General Buba Marwa (retd.), who lacks the audacity to make similar proposal to the nation’s armed forces that have on several occasions ‘accidentally bombed’ civilian settlements, killing innocent citizens, including children in the course of military operations to get rid of terrorists, insurgents, militants and bandits should target politicians who are working assiduously along with fellow compatriots to build a strong, virile, united, progressive, egalitarian and decent democratic nation.

“It is high time we begin to show regard for the nation’s political leaders as obtainable in other democracies.”

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