Nigerians no more act with dcorum especially in public places If a new bill being planned by the House of Representatives scales the third reading and is assented to, then it would be a criminal offence punishable by six months imprisonment for anyone to distort a queue in public places.
GistMall.com can report that the last time such was adhered strictly to was during the military administration of Muhammadu Buhari in the 1980s which was implemented through the War Against Indiscipline (WAI). The bill, it was learnt, scaled second reading on Thursday, June 1. The lawmakers passed the bill for third reading Abubakar Amuda-Kannike, who sponsored the bill, led its debate arguing that it sought to ensure that Nigerians conducted themselves orderly in public places.
The lawmaker said Nigerians were used to distorting queues and going unpunished, a situation he kicked against while expressing worry that recent events show that Nigeria was on the verge of losing its cherished sense of nationalism, cultural identity and hospitality. “The bill underscores the need to re-awaken a derailed national culture by proposing disciplinary measures to guide Nigerians in their daily behaviours.
“In our society today, out of total disregard for other persons, who strive to do the right thing by conducting themselves orderly in public places, a large number of Nigerians distort queues and go unpunished. “The bill if passed shall provide a starting point of value and cultural re-orientation in Nigeria,” he said.
Amuda-Kannike further said he was optimistic that future generations would have a more sane society to help to shape morals, principles and respect for each other if the bill is passed. “The bill underscores the need to re-awaken the derailed national culture by proposing disciplinary measures to guide Nigerians in their daily behaviours.
“Any nation that is not organised cannot have rapid growth. “We should be seen as organised people from point of entry but we have accepted that anything goes. “Every school should have civic education in its curriculum to instil patriotism and orderliness in the country,” he said.
In his contribution, another lawmaker, Sam Onuigbo, argued that bill would bring orderliness, equity, fairness and justice in the distribution of services in the country.