The Archbishop of the Jos Ecclesiastical province and Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Emmanuel Kana Mani, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reintroduce the War Against Indiscipline (WAI), which was popular during his rule as military head of state between 1983 and 1985.
In a statement commemorating his 25 years as a bishop in Maiduguri, the clergyman, said: “War Against Indiscipline (WAI), against corruption must be fought by all. Corruption is man made or man driven.
“The ‘sacred cow’ syndrome must be totally eliminated. Nobody is above the law, therefore, let President Muhammadu Buhari, intensify his fight against corruption while we assured the President of our prayer and support to sensitized Nigeria.”
He lamented that because the nation has allowed for discipline and corruption, she has been drawn backward.
“The degree of lawlessness in Nigeria is very high, thereby making our laws and codes of behavior a mere paper work, which has never seen the light of the day,” the cleric said.
WAI was one of the most enduring legacies of the Buhari government. Launched on March 20, 1984, the policy tried to address the perceived lack of public morality and civic responsibility of Nigerian society. Unruly Nigerians were ordered to form neat queues at bus stops, under the eyes of whip-wielding soldiers. Civil servants who failed to show up on time at work were humiliated and forced to do “frog jumps”. Minor offences carried long sentences. Any student over the age of 17 caught cheating on an exam would get 21 years in prison. Counterfeiting and arson could lead to the death penalty.