Nigerians are currently dragging the NYSC Director General, Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, over his controversial statement of mobilising National Youth Service Corps members.
Ibrahim said this on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Wednesday while reacting to moves to scrap the NYSC scheme which is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate before the age of 30.
The NYSC boss said, “Corps members are on reserve. They are part of the national defence policy of this country. So, where there is serious war, our corps members are educated, they are knowledgeable and they can be trained. You see the drill and so on.
“You can imagine within the short three weeks in the orientation camps, the corps members are moulded. They are like soldiers. You see female corps members blowing the army horn, playing with the military band.
“So, if not for the knowledge, where are you going to mobilise such young Nigerians to train them quickly to put in their best for the country? So, corps members are on reserve. They are also part of the national defence policy.”
He said the NYSC is concerned about the security of corps members and that is why they had been advised not to move around at night.
Ibrahim argued that the NYSC had become more important than ever in the face of the rising calls for secession
There are a lot of inter-marriages. For most of our females, the history of their marriages can be traced to their service year because they meet their fiancées during their service year. I have had cause to attend such weddings and the NYSC supports such weddings,” he said.
Many Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to what the NYSC boss in a funny manner leading to the Twitter trend # because of 33k”.
Ayemojubar tweeted: NYSC DG wanted to mobilize Alkebulan / UAR corps member for war because of 33k. You see now that this programme has outlived its usefulness.
Oba of Warri tweeted: E reach my turn to serve, them say na Sambisa we dey go
All because of 33k. Sapa Nice one.
Man Tonai tweeted: All because of 33k and just 3 weeks training in camp, NYSC DG wants to mobilise corps members for war.. las las no head office serious for this country
What do you think of the DG’s controversial statement?