12 October 2017
By Ugonnabo Ngwu
The War Against Indiscipline, WAI, enforced by the Muhammadu Buhari military junta in 1984 is to be brought to life by the National Orientation Agency, NOA, to entrench attitudinal change in the nation’s grassroots.
The WAI Brigade was established by law thirty three years ago as the volunteer arm of the NOA with the mandate to ensure discipline and order in communities where they reside.
Speaking while launching the 2017 camp and orientation for volunteers of the Brigade in Paiko, Niger State, Director-General of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari disclosed that the volunteers would use established structures, including traditional rulers and community associations, to ensure proper conduct in society.
He, however, allayed the fears that the proposed reform of the organisation would lead to enforcement of community order through force and brutality, stressing that the reform would only empower the organisation to persuasively establish discipline in the communities.
Abari urged the Brigade to increase its cooperation with security agencies, especially in information gathering in communities where insurgency, kidnapping and armed robbery thrived.
The NOA boss also tasked them to seek support from private sector entrepreneurs in the execution of specific projects in communities.