The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Nigerians to imbibe the attitude of respect for the national symbols.
Dr Garba Abari, Director-General of the agency made this call in Abuja on Monday to commemorate this year’s National Symbol Day.
According to a statement by the Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi, Abari spoke at the celebration of the nation’s emblems, which include, the National Anthem, National Pledge, National Identity Card, Currency, Passport and the Coat of Arms.
He said that imbibing the attitude of respect for Nigeria’s national symbols would entrench the spirit of collective nationality among the people.
“The National symbols serve as rallying points for identity and cohesion. It deserves to be celebrated with respect and pride.
“These symbols must be treated with care to avoid mutilation, stains, improper rendition or display as the case may be. People must stop spraying the naira at social events,” Abari said.
The NOA boss urged public institutions to check the condition of the national flag hoisted in its different premises to be sure that the correct colour was used for the Coat of Arms.
He urged all Nigerians to join the advocacy for the promotion of our national symbols.
By Chinyere Bassey/Felix Ajide