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Bring back ethical values

15 October 2014, 20:30 Adelaja Abdulazeez Akinlolu

It was not previously like this. In the days of our ancestors, people dared not steal, betrayed community trust, raped girls and women who walked around barely covered. Young ones respected the elders and were brought up by the whole community not the parents or family members alone. Elders preserved their status by acting above board and never acted in ways to betray the trust reposed in them. Kings were absolutely powerful but were checked by in built mechanisms. No one dared swore falsely on oath! Of course there were offenders but in most cases such offenders received instant 'spiritual' justice!

We have lost it all in Nigeria across all professions. An High Court Judge recently in Kwara State granted an order in a case that had been heard and in which the business of the day was taking written address of the counsels. The Judge entertained another 'court hearing' for the respondent in the absence of the petitioner without fair hearing and of course in procedural error. As Yorubas will say: ''Agba osika nigbo ejo enikan dajo'' meaning ''It is a bad elder that passes judgment having listened to one side of the case''.

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We have seen Dr. Adadevoh who valiantly paid the supreme sacrifice to save the nation from the Ebola scourge, We have also seen doctors who are as ethically flawed as never expected. We have seen the case of Dr. Sam of Port Harcourt who was treating an Ebola suspected case in an hotel while still attending to patients in his private hospitals and making contacts with family members and friends.

We have also seen a former Chief of Naval Staff who spoke recklessly against his military constituency and in a manner that further divided rather than united the nation. We have seen a former Police Commissioner of Rivers State who described himself as a lion who tamed a sitting governor whom he derogatorily described as a leopard.

Security officers harass innocents citizens they are meant to protect.

Sadly, members of security agencies openly fight against one another.

Some teachers have been caught raping minors. Some lecturers of tertiary institutions are just as bad. Breastfeeding infants of two or three years old are no longer safe with male neighbours!

At all levels of our educational training, we are not sure of the qualities of our products due to systemic corruption. Students pass S.S.C.E. through corrupt means. The tertiary levels are sometimes as bad. Some teachers/lecturers are not qualified to carry out the duties expected of them. It is not out of place to have grades paid for in kind or cash. Unexpectedly, our workers and public officers who were former students have failed to move the nation forward since they cannot give what they do not have.

We have seen a former minister who talks and continue to talk not only recklessly but in a manner that questions clearly how he got appointed as a federal minister in the first place. He talked his way into 'presidential acceptance' by attacking President Jonathan ceaselessly when he was in the APC. Once he crossed over to the PDP having had a private meeting with the President ostensibly to get off the hook of EFCC, he has continued in same manner to cause mayhem in the nation by talking from both sides of the mouth in public.

A sitting governor was reported to have slapped his ADC just of recent while another governor was reported to have had a man who criticized him on Facebook concerning fertilizer distribution fraud arrested.

Sadly, we have seen a Presidency that threw away all decency to defend a case of money laundering while claiming that the $9.3 million dollars in question was for arm purchase. Private jets can be leased for commercial purposes against the law. We have seen a building which apparently collapsed due to faulty erections been blamed on an imaginary flying plane. Public office holders who steal our commonwealth are defended the the victims based on ethno-religious partisan-ism or when crumbs of the stolen wealth are thrown at them.

If the Nigeria project must work, ethical values have to be included in our educational training at all levels and enforced to serve as deterrence to offenders. As it was in the days of old when our ancestors could display their wares in the public and have buyers placed the money on the spot where the items were bought in the absence of the trader, bring back ethical values!

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