The Federal government on Monday said it is repositioning the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) Brigade, previously introduced by President Muhammadu Buhari during his military regime between 1983 and 1985.
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) said it is 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.
Director General of NOA, Garba Abari made this known at a workshop organized by the Agency for the Brigade, stressing that in this era of insecurity, violence and other forms of social vices, the role of the WAI Brigade in civil intelligence gathering cannot be over emphasized. He said the federal 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.
Abari noted that its essence was to instill discipline in our society and support the fight against corruption. He said the ills and woes that bedeviled the nation at that time are still very much with us, necessitating the efforts of the Brigade to help fight against social vices.
“The present administration has declared its intention to re-launch the Brigade for better performance and bring its activities to the fore” Abari stated, charging members of the Brigade to contribute their quota to make the Change mantra of this 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 recognize and gazette the Brigade as it is the only voluntary organization in Nigeria that is the brain-child of the Federal Government of Nigeria. He therefore urged NOA to work out modalities for the recognition of the WAI Brigade for greater efficiency.