Naija News reports that pictures of the new recruits of the agency who looked underage and physically challenged emerged on social media, particularly on X (formerly Twitter).
The photographs were taken during the Passing out Parade of 2,500 NDLEA officers on Thursday, October19, 2023.
However, the photographs have drawn a backlash and reactions, as Nigerians accused the anti-narcotics agency of recruiting a teenager into its system.
See some of the reactions online.
@AtojuKehinde wrote: “See what Marwa has reduced NDLEA to, he recruited minors who could not speak in English, & even a hunchback, they passed out from the academy on Thursday 20th October 2023. What a nation, & all of them are abokis. What a country!”
@gentle60 wrote: “The adults, graduates, genuine jobseekers, breadwinners who undertook the rigorous process won’t get the job oh…
“See the dependants that are now civil servants.”
@AkinwumiOlami15 wrote: “I swear, bro, I applied for this job twice, and I was denied. The last one makes me too scared of this country. When I checked the shortlisted list, it was of northerners without qualifications, and they were picked in BSc and HND categories.”
@OjiUgo_nwa wrote: “Wait, these are the new NDLEA recruits? Aren’t they minors? I hear they passed out from the academy on Thursday, 20th October 2023. What exactly is going on in this country?”
@FirstObidient wrote: “NDLEA new recruits. Are these the people supposed to be in charge of enforcing DRUG LAWS???
“In every sector in Nigeria now, competence is not even a factor for appointment anymore, just family, friends and people that can kiss your ass.
“From announcing drug peddlers as ambassadors to recruiting minors as personals… what a falloff.”
@admiral_Xfactor wrote: “The concerns you’ve raised about the qualifications and recruitment process within the NDLEA are indeed valid. Competence should be a fundamental criterion for appointing individuals responsible for enforcing drug laws and ensuring public safety, but hey, welcome to Nigeria,…”
@EnergizeBen wrote: “Lolz. What a joke of the century. Very soon in Nigeria, lizards will start growing bears, fowl growing teeth and dog growing horns. Because it seems we are totally out of track.”
@chizzi_vincents wrote: “The under-aged guys there were probably there to fill a gap for some future embezzlements. If not, who recruits minors for such a tasking and high-level security role like this?”
@mc_ameh wrote: “In a decade or two, his length of service will be proudly cited as a basis for a juicy/strategic appointment. He will be duly confirmed, and the cabal will have another loyal stooge in place. These guys play the long game.”
@sule_momoh wrote: “In the North there is nothing like competence oooooo when it comes to appointment and recruitment, competence as a requirement only exists in the South. Welcome to one Nigeria.”
@ItzBamB1 wrote: “@ndlea_nigeria This is a very big disgrace…you denied qualified and competent graduates the job only to give it to minors from your aunties and uncles kids…shame on the Agency @ndlea_nigeria“.…CONTINUE.FULL.READING>>>