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, made this submission 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.
Dr 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.
The D.G also 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 request for reports from security, anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies before awarding chieftaincy or religious titles to anybody.
“This is to avoid rewarding persons with questionable characters,” he 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/Nora P/ Omolayo.A