Lagos – Some Politicians in Lagos on Thursday expressed mixed feelings over the reintroduction of the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) by the Federal Government.
The politicians spoke in separate interviews in Lagos.
The Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Garba Abari, had said in Abuja that the reintroduction of WAI would enhance an orderly and secure society.
Abari said that the WAI policy should be in line with the Change mantra of the present administration.
A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kano Chapter, Alhaji Musa Umar said that some Nigerian need to be forced to be disciplined.
“If Nigerians believe there are no sacred cows in the society, everyone will be discipline.
“We want to see those big men and women who had short-changed the people brought to justice.
“Nigerians do not respect and obey authority; that is why I support the re-introduction of WAI by the inventor of the WAI concept, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“So for the Federal Government to make it more effective, he needs to create a WAI Brigade and start the correction from the top,’’ Umar said.
The 2015 Presidential Candidate of KOWA Party, Prof. Oluremi Sonaiya, said the war should be directed at highly-placed people.
“We have seen the troubles into which their indiscipline has plunged the nation.
“Honestly, I am not sure that is the most urgent need we have at this time but it would be good if the Federal Government meets us and convince us that WAI is needed now.
“The mode of operation should also be made clear. Of course, we do not expect to have soldiers whipping citizens,’’ Sonaiya said.
Mr Denis Aghanya, the Executive Secretary, Global, Action Against Corruption and Bad Leadership (GAAC-BLI), advised the Federal Government to collaborate with anti-corruption Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) for greater success.
“It is a welcome development but government must reposition every institution of its information dissemination like NOA and also ensure that it collaborates with Anti-corruption NGO’s and keep them informed on its programmes.
“That will impact on the society for a National Reorientation which is what we need now,’’ Aghanya said.
He advised government to be mindful of the fundamental human rights of the people and not infringe on them when the exercise begun fully.
Chief Ola Apena, the Deputy Chairman, Lagos Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), urged government to honour the social contract it had with the people, to address indiscipline.
“If you do not honour the social contract to the people, nobody will respect you.
“To wage the war against indiscipline, which to me corruption is part of, we should try to live by example,’’ Apena said.
He urged the states and local governments to join in the exercise by exhibiting some level of discipline in their approach to work and the social contract between them and the people.