The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, says corps members are part of the national security policy of Nigeria and can be rounded up and trained for serious war, aso Naija reports.
Ibrahim said this on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ program on Wednesday while reacting to intentions 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 defense 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 molded. 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 mobilize 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 defense policy.”
He said the NYSC is interested in 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 significant than ever in the face of the rising calls for secession.