Can New WAI Initiative Help Restore Nigeria?


Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari, has announced that the Federal Government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari has re-launched the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) Brigade in Abuja, to help gather civil intelligence in this era of insecurity, violence, and kidnapping. Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had said WAI will be rebranded into Change Begins with Me (CBWM). Can this re-launched initiative successfully help curb corruption and restore Nigeria to her former lofty height?


* Re-launching CBWN is a good idea. The problem with anything Nigerian is the implementation. Launching for launching sake without strong budgetary support will not turn the country around. We should ask those who have disciplined citizens how they achieved it. Government should put money where her mouth is.
– Prof. Kate Nwufo, mni, Abuja

* Yes, it is going to at least give some little hope in terms of restoring sanity back into the country.
– Mr. Amwe Habu Anche, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna State

* Yes, it can, in view of spate of violence, insecurity, corruption, robberies, e.t.c particularly considering our current economic challenges. CBWM will lead us out of the woods, if handled properly.
– Miss Apeji Patience Eneyeme, Badagry, Lagos

* The new WAI initiative should ennoble this great country if implemented correctly. Indiscipline straddles the greatness of a people; so, it must go. However, our human rights are sacrosanct and must remain this way.
– Mr. E. Iheanyi Chukwudi, B.A.R. Associates, Apo, Abuja

* This Government needs serious prayers.
– Mr. Matthew Osilama, Lagos State

* The people that made the law are the first culprits in breaking such laws e.g. in employment and corruption. The same people who crippled the previous government are still directing the affairs today, since it will be tagged Change Begins With Me (CBWM). Nigerians are watching not to throw away the baby with the bath water.
– Mr. Dogo Stephen, Kaduna

* There are too many initiatives with limited resources to fund them. Why not just concentrate on improving and equipping our para-military and military forces to do their jobs in partnership with communities and their trusted leaders? Nigeria needs to step up its game.
– Miss Nkeiruka Abanna, Lagos

* For the WAI or CBWM initiative to achieve its purpose, the politicians and those in government must be sincere, transparent and honest in all their dealings and character while the National Orientation Agency should wake from its sleep and educate the Nigeria populace on the need to live upright lives.
– Mr. Ojogbede Olusola Kenny, Abuja, FCT.

* Sure. It will restore sanity into the system.
– Mrs. Mary Adeola Tehinse, Lagos

* If the title ‘Change begins with me (CBWM) is received by Nigerians, it would be great. In most cases, however, change usually starts from those in authority e.g. in Singapore. In Nigeria, the leadership want the masses to change and ‘do the right thing’ but they are not willing to change themselves. Only God can change the Nigerian way of thinking.
– Mr. Buga Dunj, Jos, Plateau State

* Instead of this government to implement policies that would put food on the table for the common man and find a way out of this unprecedented mess, Buhari government is busy dishing out irrelevant and crude projects. We need food, water, power, good transport and health facilities, not WAI.
– Mr. Sonny Okobi, Lagos

* The re-introduction of WAI is the final proof that the Buhari administration is bereft of ideas on how to move ahead. It is a jaded initiative.
– Mr. Utibe Uko, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

* WAI is a good one to check the activities of those who disobey laws. But what Nigerians want is food on their table because of the current economic crisis. WAI coming back is long overdue to checkmate ugly acts in our society.
– Mrs. Ijeoma Nnorom, Lagos State

* Apparent clowning. QED.
– Mr. Femi Adenaike, Lagos State

* I think there are more serious issues to address than this unnecessary force group. The Federal Government should address the herdsmen issues as an example and then his party should re-screen its members because all the party members are not saints as regards corruption.
– Miss Nana Opoku, Lagos

* The president should take time to discipline the people he appointed as his functionaries/ministers who are thoroughly dishonest in their jobs and who he has direct control over before launching the WAI against citizens.
– Mr. Carl Okafor, Abuja

* Is indiscipline the core issue that the administration should address now? This government should stop deceiving itself. They should address the national issues facing us as a nation. Our economy is at brink of final collapse and the hardship in the country is increasing by the day.
– Mr. Aliogo Ugochukwu, Lagos State

* It is a wake-up call. Nigerians will know what to do when this initiative takes effect.
– Pastor Bass, Abuja

* No, WAI wasn’t really a success during the previous tenure of Muhammadu Buhari. Many people doubted the government for being too harsh to the citizens and so sabotaged it. The current social and economic realities demand soft treading to avoid rebellion, violence e.t.c. It may succeed under a better economic condition in future, not now please. We must act wisely.
– Mr. Apeji Onesi, Lagos

* Indiscipline is Nigeria’s major problem. It is indiscipline that makes a petrol attendant cheat customers; that makes a policeman ask for bribe or demand money for bail; and makes politicians embezzle money after the salaries, security votes and furniture e.t.c. allowances they receive. This initiative will go very far.
– Mr. Feyisetan Akeeb Kareem, President, Change Makers Forum, Ogwashi-Ukwu, Delta State

* This real economic war started long time ago but the cosmetics by past administrations gave us false impressions in various sectors of the economy. Economic war causes scarcity, job loses, hunger, strife, death etc. We must take up our ammunition, which includes WAI, moral, ethical, physical and financial discipline e.t.c. both individually and collectively. God bless Nigeria.
– Mr. Oyekanmi Oladele, Lagos State

* Hasn’t the President been examined thoroughly? From the ear problem and WAI there seems to be some kind of dysfunctional damage. Why would you use a cane when you can use a camera? This is analogue system of running a country.
– Mr. Kelvin M. Udoh, Lekki, Lagos

* PMB’s first tenure in the 80s is quite different from the present regime. In those days, there was great discipline by Nigerians, but today corruption has eaten deeply into all organs of the society. Nothing can help restore Nigeria as long as our differences are there lingering and moreso as majority do not know the God they serve.
– Hon. Babale Maiungwa, U/Romi, Kaduna

* I believe WAI or CBWM is a good step in the right direction. Since indiscipline breeds corruption and vice versa, then this initiative will help raise many whistle-blowers against crimes and corruption. Peer review will also begin in earnest and people will learn to behave cautiously and sensibly.
– Mr. Olumuyiwa Olorunsomo, Lagos State


Yes, it will: 8
No, it won’t: 3
Others: 13
Radical tip: Start with Ministers!
Total no of respondents: 24
Male: 18
Female: 6
Highest location: Lagos (13)

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