The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. General Shuaibu Ibrahim, during an interview on Channels Television, said that NYSC Corp members could be drafted if there would be a serious war in the country.
In his word:
“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.”
Reacting to that, Dr. Olufunmilayo tweeted:
“The DG of NYSC says youth corpers can be sent to war.
“There has been insurgency in the NE, but they never thought of corpers. The President threatens war on Igbos and now the NYSC DG says this?
“The DG has a point, but this sudden growing appetite for war by this govt is insane.”