Presidency proposes national ethics, values bill

It is not clear when the bill would be sent to the National Assembly.

The Presidency is preparing an executive bill that would propose the adoption of national ethics and values for the country, Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, Sarah Jibril, said on Sunday in Abuja.

According to the Presidential Adviser, the bill would, hopefully, positively change the attitude of Nigerians.

If the bill scales the scrutiny of the National Assembly and is passed into law, Mrs. Jibril said it could set the stage for the establishment of a Federal Ministry of National Ethics and Values to create a stronger foundation for the building of good ethics and sound moral values for the people.

She noted that the establishment of the ministry would also promote the country’s integrity towards positive transformation of the image of the country.

Mrs. Jibril added that the ministry would also enhance the standard of living of people in the communities and ensure that they got the best of social services.

“We are working with the National Assembly to see to the passage of the proposed Bill. We are working with the Presidency to bring it up as soon as possible, so that everybody knows the level to which you can even talk of immunity,” she said.

“Nobody is immune to go and hire thugs or raise killers. And even the legislators. I am glad that the Senate is taking the mature side of this issue of immunity.’’

Mrs. Jibril noted that by the time the laws are in place, it would be unlawful to raise thugs or assassins, adding that “whoever raises or encourages thugs or other criminals would be breaching the law and the social sanity of the country and such person should be made to face the law.’’

She said that there was need for state governors and chairmen of local government councils to replicate the office of Special Adviser on Ethics and Values as done at the federal level to promote social lives in communities, adding that parents should ensure that their children were well-trained in ethics and values to help convey the message on ethics faster in the country.

 

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  • obi

    I never knew it was legal to raise thugs and assasins now ……smh

  • Actions speak louder than words. Sarah Jibril, you are wasting your time. Ask your boss to lead by example. Ethics kooo, pardon ni

  • tunde

    Sarah Jibril, please tell us what it means to have this kind of bill or eventually a ministry of ethics and the granting of pardon to a criminal like Alamieyeseigha and Bulama? Just answer , it is a simple question. Dont you think actions are better than words? An ethics campaign is a good idea, but we can no longer be deceived by President Jonathan. He has violated us on too many occasions. He has burned the good will we gave him. So you can establish your ministry of ethics if you want and make it a place to employ PDP and President Jonathan’s stealing cronies. But it is contradiction to talk about having an ethics ministry while you grant pardon to criminals like Alamieyeseigha and Bulama.

  • Wilson timothy

    Talk is cheap lets all get involved there is much work to be done…support ethics and values support Sarah jubrils efforts.

  • Wilson timothy

    Nigeria needs champions and patriots let’s work together and transform the country.

  • Benjamin Raymond Oraka

    The establishment of Ministry of Ethics and Values, to me is a right step in the right direction because the only thing we need at this point in time in Nigeria is a bill that can regulate our conducts, a kind of bill that will be enacted to conscientize the citizen about their civil right and obligation, and that should be one of the duties and responsibility of the Office of the Special Adviser to the president on Ethics and Values headed by Her Excellency Dr. (Mrs.) Sarah Jibril. I believe that there is urgent need for that in Nigeria. We as a people must begin to change the way we think, the way we act, the way we reason and the way we relate with one another. Issues that relates to ethics and values is an issue that has to proceed from the heart and mind not just a verbal or documented issues, it has to be practical not just theory. We have to see it, feel it, and live it everyday of our existence. By so doing, our country will be transformed for better, lets all support this noble crusade to making our dear country better for ourselves and the future generations. God bless Nigeria