Director-general, National Orientation Agency, Mr. Mike Omeri has called on the National Assembly to make stiffer laws to prosecute people for inappropriate treatment/handling of national symbols.
Mr. Omeri made this call yesterday while talking to journalists in Abuja during a road match to mark the fourth edition of National Ordinance Day.
“We are processing a bill to the National Assembly though there are laws existing already, but they are not stiff enough, and people have not been prosecuted. NOA is working now to position itself to prosecute the offenders of misuse or mishandle of the national flag and other national identities,” Omeri said.
He stated that the punishment for offenders could be in form of fines, jail term, not necessarily life sentence but also advised that it should be within the confine of international basic principles and practices.
“Nations around the world revere their national flags and treat same with utmost respect and value to the extent that citizens of other nations begin to take pride in such flags which do not belong to their country.
“The flag, coat of arm, currency, international passport, national identity card, national anthem and pledge, presidential portrait, constitution represent sacred symbols of our nation,” he said
Omeri therefore urged all Nigerians to imbibe the good virtues that make up the foundation of the core values of the nation, stressing that “no nation has achieved greatness without patriotic and nationalistic individuals and citizenry who rise to the occasion and do the needful to make their country great.”
Similarly, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal who was represented by the permanent secretary, Political Affairs, Mrs Ibukun Odusote urged Nigerians to have respect for national symbols like the national flag, coat of arm, national anthem, the naira and so on.
While giving remarks, the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Tourism, Mrs Nkechi Ejele charged Nigerians to put aside tribe, religion, and whatever that would want to divide the nation and see one another as a fellow Nigerian.

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