The Yoruba social cultural group, Afenifere has advised the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to allow National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to serve in their home states because of the terrible stae of insecurity in the nation.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Apex Yoruba organization, Jare Ajayi said the insecurity in Nigeria required that adjustments be made where necessary.
The body regretted how corps members were asked to inform their people to prepare ransom in case they were kidnapped while travelling.
“What else could underscore the unfortunate level to which insecurity in the country has fallen? It is in this respect that Afenifere calls for the NYSC to allow youth corps members to serve the nation in their respective states at least for now.”
The request is a big but necessary challenge to the major policy of the NYSC that moves Corps Members away from their state of origin to achieve national unity.
Afenifere noted that the federal government’s handling of kidnapping has emboldened the perpetrators to continue in their dastardly acts.
Commending the military’s efforts, Afenifere said terrorists appear to be more expanding going by the submission of Humanitarian Affairs Minister, Sadiya Farouq that over 330,000 Nigerians are in neighboring countries due to insurgency and banditry.
“We call on the government to immediately allow states to transform their respective security networks into state police with all the powers appertaining thereto,” Ajayi added.