The Federal Government of Nigeria said it will reposition the War Against Indiscipline Brigade for effective for civil intelligence gathering.
The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, Mr. Garba Abari, said this at a workshop organised for the brigade in Abuja on Monday by the agency, according to a statement made available to our correspondent by Deputy Director, Press, at NOA, Mr. Fidel Agu.
Abari said the agency was set to reposition the Brigade for enhanced civil intelligence gathering toward an orderly and secure society in line with the change mantra of the present administration.
He stressed that in this era of insecurity, violence and other forms of social vices, the role of the WAI Brigade in civil intelligence gathering could not be overemphasised.
Abari said the government believes that WAI Brigade members across the country should be encouraged to redouble their vigilance in the local governments, the wards and their various villages in order to contribute their quota towards building a secure society.
The NOA boss recalled that WAI was a brainchild of President Muhammadu Buhari which he established in 1983 as Military Head of State, noting that its essence was to instil discipline in the society and support the fight against corruption.
He said the ills and woes that bedevilled the nation at the time were still manifest in the country, thereby necessitating the efforts of the Brigade to help fight against social vices.
Abari said, “The present administration has declared its intention to re-launch the Brigade for better performance and bring its activities to the fore.”
He called on members of the Brigade to contribute their quota to make the change mantra of the present administration a reality.
In his remarks, the WAI Brigade National Commander, Mustapha Muhammad, commended the agency’s commitment to the change mantra of the present administration and called on members to sustain the tempo of responsibility despite non-funding from the government for over three decades.
He called on the Federal Government to officially recognise and gazette the Brigade as the only voluntary organisation in Nigeria that is the brain-child of the Federal Government.
Muhammad also urged NOA to work out modalities for the recognition of the WAI Brigade for greater efficiency.