The Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, has reportedly urged Directorate cadre officers to emulate the President Muhammadu Buhari by leading by example.
According to reports, Gambari made this submission on Tuesday at the opening of a two-day workshop with the theme: Code of Ethics and a Practical Guide on how to Complete an Asset Declaration Form, organised by the State House management in conjunction with the Code of Conduct Bureau at the State House Auditorium.
Gambari stated that, “Mr President attaches great importance to probity in the Public Service. In the previous regime as Head of the Military Government between 1984 and 1985, of which I was privileged to be one of his ministers, the emphasis was on diagnosing some of the ills of Nigerian society and he identified indiscipline as one of those ills. And indiscipline in the Public Service is even more dangerous for the stability and development of any country. With that antecedent, he decided he would return to democratic rule and run for President of this country because of his passion for addressing some of the root causes of our problem as a nation.”
He disclosed that, “He contested four times, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 until he was elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019. I am using this emphasis because of his consistency in diagnosing the biggest problems drawing us back as a nation and preventing us from realising our true potentials as indiscipline and corruption. He, therefore, made anti-corruption one of the three central pillars of his message to Nigerians.”
He noted that, “Those challenges are; addressing the insecurity of our nation, growing the economy and the anti-corruption fight. Of all these three pillars, the root of success is successfully addressing the issue of corruption in private as well as the public sectors and reinstating commitments to transparency, and accountability in the public Service.”