The Nigerian Senate has passed the Agency for National Ethics and Values Bill 2018.
This followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Information and National Orientation at plenary.
Presenting the report, chairman of the committee, Suleiman Adokwe, said the bill sought to provide a legal framework for practices in government and private places to observe certain ethical standards.
On fears that Buhari may not assent to the bill, Adokwe said he was optimistic the president would do justice to it.
“We believe he should assent to it because there is a committee in the presidency that deals with matters of ethics and values. It used to be headed by Sarah Jibril. She tried to ensure that a legal framework was provided, but it didn’t work. The National Orientation Agency is set up to persuade people to behave in a certain manner and to do what is right. With this bill, however, if you are persuaded and you still persist, somebody should be able to make you comply with standards and values of the country,” he said.