The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has reiterated the urgent need for Nigerians to return to the national ethics of discipline, integrity, dignity of labour, social justice and civic responsibilities, as spelt out in the 1999 Constitution.
The Director-General of NOA Dr. Garba Abari, NOA made this submission in during a National Dialogue on Corruption held in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that patriotism, ethics and civic responsibilities were fundamental issues that the majority of Nigerians have neither given a deep thought nor followed through.
Abari also called for a shift from practices where the brazen display of ill gotten wealth has become the order of the day.
This, he said, is no longer acceptable in the interest of the country and her national development.
Abari re-emphasised the agency’s continual behavioural sensitisation and enlightenment campaigns in all the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.
However, he called on traditional and religious leaders to investigate and requeste for reports from security, anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies before awarding chieftaincy or religious titles to amybody.
“This is to avoid rewarding persons with questionable characters’’
“If ill-gotten wealth does not attract awards and recognition.
“If ill-gotten wealth does not attract social and community recognition.
“If such wealth that cannot be accounted for beyond the fact that one held a public service position is properly stigmatised, there will be less incentive to steal public funds,’’ Abari said.
He called on the anti-graft agencies, traditional and religious leaders and other stakeholders to partner with NOA to ensure that the nation is purged of corrupt tendencies and repositioned on a strong path to national development. (NAN)