The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Traditional Rulers across the country to lead the quest for a genuine rebirth of the national core values as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.
Director General of NOA, Garba Abari made the call during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwan Adamu, stressing that Traditional Rulers have a role to play in restoring our nation back to the path of positive values.
Abari lamented that a significant portion of our national population across social strata as well as religious leanings has lost touch with our traditional social, cultural norms and values. This situation, he said “is deeply worrisome as it is presently manifesting in social vices such as terrorism, kidnapping for ransom, heightened cases of armed robbery, lack of respect for elders, religious intolerance and the inordinate promotion of hate speeches among many other ills in our society”.
He described the National Ethics of Self-reliance, Patriotism, Religious tolerance, Dignity of labour, Discipline, Integrity and Social justice as spelt out in Chapter 2, Section 23 of the 1999 Constitution as universal to all Nigerians, irrespective of their origins. He therefore urged Traditional Rulers across the country to assist the NOA in propagating the call for a return to the tenets of our National Ethics. He said the Agency was convinced that “if our Traditional Rulers lead the journey of national self-rediscovery by promoting a return to age long values, our arrival at that destination will be sure and swift”.
Responding, the Emir of Bauchi commended the Agency for its consistency in serving as the conscience of the nation, stressing the need and urgency for a national rebirth. He pledged the Emirate’s commitment to mobilizing citizens to return to the national core values, noting that the Director General’s visit has boosted the Emirate’s morale in that direction.