By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the recent successful operation of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) that led to the smashing of an international drug syndicate and recovery of 1,855 kilograms of cocaine.
His spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said that the president made his feelings known when he originated a telephone call to Chairman of the NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, from New York.
The president is currently in New York, United States, where he is attending the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77).
Buhari said that the news of the successful operation and drug seizure really gladdened his heart.
He said: “I deeply appreciate the work that you (Marwa) have put into the eradication of the drug menace.
“It gladdens my heart as I continue to follow the successes achieved under your leadership.
“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.”
Adesina quoted the Nigerian leader, at a meeting later with members of his delegation, as saying: “Buba Marwa is doing well. Two tonnes of cocaine, that’s a haul!!”