The NYSC DG, Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim had said that NYSC corps members can be mobilized and trained for war ( to fight with Boko Haram) if needs arises, as they are a part of the national defence policy of Nigeria.
Ibrahim stated this on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Wednesday 3rd June, 2021 when he was reacting to the bills to scrap the mandatory NYSC scheme for all Nigerians who graduate earlier than the age of 30.
According to the NYSC DG, “Corps members are on reserve. They are a part of the nationwide defence policy of this nation. So, when there’s severe war, our corps members are educated, they’re educated and they can be mobilized and trained for war. You see the drill and so on.
“You can imagine within the brief three weeks of the orientation camps, the corps members are moulded. They are like soldiers. You see female corps members blowing the military horn, taking part in with the military band”. NYSC corps members can be mobilized and trained for war, that is, to fight with Boko Haram
“So, if not for the knowledge, where are you going to mobilise such younger Nigerians to prepare them quickly to put of their best for the nation? So, corps members are on reserve. They are additionally a part of the national defence policy. Corps members can be mobilized and trained to fight war ”
The Director General further stated that the NYSC is concerned about the safety of corps members and that’s the reason they had been advised not to move around at night time.
DG explained that the NYSC had grown to be extra necessary than ever within the face of the rising demand for secession.
The NYSC boss acknowledged that he had advised corps members not to journey outside the state or the nation with out the permission of the state coordinator.
He added that corps members had been urged not to embark on a journey after 6pm and they’re free to sleep at any corpers’ lodge while travelling.
Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim said that NYSC corps members can be mobilized for war to fight Boko Haram because he believes that the corpers over the years have performed an enormous function in educating kids in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps.
The NYSC boss maintained that the insecurity within the nation was not sufficient reason to scrap the scheme, adding that until date, 75 percent of corps members are nonetheless serving in rural areas throughout the nation.
He added that he had proposed a National Youth Trust Fund via which loans would be given to corps members to begin their own small businesses after finishing the NYSC programme.
NYSC DG added that the scheme had been in a position to foster nationwide unity and cohesion. He added that many corps members had discovered love during the orientation camps and had gotten married to them.
“There are quite a lot of inter-marriages. For most of our females, the historical past of their marriages can be traced to their service year as a result of them meeting their fiancées during their service year. I’ve had cause to attend such weddings and the NYSC helps such weddings,” he stated.