The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged traditional rulers in the country to support the implementation of the recently approved National Ethics and Integrity Policy, a brainchild of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the National Orientation Agency.
Abubakar said this during the plenary session of the twelfth general meeting of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria held in Kano, according to a statement on Wednesday.
The policy was introduced to the Council by the ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye (SAN).
Sultan mentioned, “Traditional rulers have a key role to play in governance, including the promotion of government insurance policies. Whatever you support succeeds.”
He noted that the support of traditional rulers in the distribution of the polio vaccine led to the profitable eradication of polio from the nation.
He, due to this fact, called on the royal fathers to assist the ICPC and NOA, to make sure a profitable implementation of the policy.
Owasanoye stated the support and collaboration of the traditional rulers would restore the lost values of honesty and integrity the nation was known for.
Owasanoye added that the support and cooperation of traditional rulers within the implementation of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy “will convey about the success of the policy.”
The Director-General of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari, stated the focus of the policy were the seven core values it contained.