Lawyer wants code of conduct for public office holders

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A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Wahab Shittu, has called for the establishment of ethical and moral code of conduct with which to regulate activities of public office holders.

Shittu made the suggestion while delivering a lecture at a colloquium organised by Galaxy Clique, Offa, Kwara State.

The colloquium, which was the second in its series, was in memory of the 33 victims of April 5, 2018 armed robbery attacks in Offa.

Speaking on the theme, “The lost concept of Omoluabi in our society,” Shittu said, “We need to re-enact the Omoluabi movement at various levels. This will enable them to know what is permissible and what is not permissible.”

He added, “We can from that platform begin to build political parties and other things. Without that, the society is in serious danger.

“It is for us to restore core values to our national consciousness as a vehicle for development.

“The family in our contemporary society is under serious attack. And so, the values that we used to cherish before, the foundation of the family, are increasingly eroding away. We need to do something about it.

“Before, when you were privileged to be rich, people would want to know the source of your wealth. But today, what is important to most people is that you are wealthy, they do not want to bother about the source of your wealth. That is why the society is in serious decline.”

Shittu attributed corruption in the system to indiscipline and absence of core values.

“There is mismanagement of resources. In summary, we need to re-enact the process of core values. We need to bring back those values so that the foundation of the family can be restored.”

“I am suggesting that in the quest to pursue a career, we should not neglect the home. Be it mother or father, if we neglect the home, we are not able to monitor the activities of our children and inculcate in them those core values.

“And even at that, we need to introduce civics in our school system so that people will know what is right and what is wrong,” he stressed.


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