Nollywood Actress Tonto Dikeh Criticizes NDLEA’s Collaboration with Naira Marley in Anti-Drug Campaign


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) of Nigeria has come under scrutiny following its recent partnership with controversial singer Naira Marley in an effort to combat drug abuse.

This alliance has ignited a significant discourse on various social media platforms due to Marley’s past and the themes prevalent in his music.

Naira Marley, renowned for his provocative lyrics and lifestyle, recently visited the NDLEA headquarters to pledge his support for the fight against drug abuse in Nigeria.

A video shared by the agency featured Marley encouraging Nigerian youths to abstain from drug use.

However, this collaboration has faced skepticism and criticism, given Marley’s history and the content of his songs.


Actress Tonto Dikeh has expressed her discontent with the NDLEA’s decision to involve Naira Marley in their campaign.

Through a series of Instagram posts, Dikeh labeled the collaboration as “the biggest embarrassment from any government agency.”

She questioned the rationale behind the NDLEA’s choice to partner with an artist known for promoting a lifestyle contrary to the agency’s mission.

Dikeh clarified that her concern lies not with Naira Marley personally, but with the government’s choice to include him in such a campaign.

The NDLEA’s decision to incorporate Naira Marley into their anti-drug campaign has evoked a diverse array of reactions among Nigerians.


While some view it as a strategic method to engage with the younger generation using a popular figure, others, including Dikeh, perceive it as conflicting and potentially detrimental to the campaign’s credibility.

Naira Marley is no stranger to controversy.

He has previously faced legal troubles, including a case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) revolving around credit card fraud.

His public image is often associated with a rebellious and non-conformist way of life, which is evident in the themes of drug use present in his lyrics.

This recent collaboration between the NDLEA and Naira Marley raises inquiries concerning the efficacy and integrity of public health campaigns in Nigeria.


It highlights the tension that can arise when a government agency joins forces with a contentious figure in an attempt to connect with a younger demographic.

As the discussion continues, the implications of this partnership on the NDLEA’s campaign against drug abuse in Nigeria remain uncertain.

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