Ijaw Youths Kick Against Posting of Corpers to North

Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide kick against posting of corps members to the Northern part of the country. NYSC’s action of posting corpers to the North is like a suicide mission.


The Ijaw youths, under the umbrella of Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, have kicked against the posting of corps members of ijaw origin to the northern part of Nigeria for the 2014/2015 one-year mandatory national service in the midst of overwhelming insecurity.

The IYC led by Udengs Eradiri said on Monday in a statement that it was reckless and unpatriotic for the board of the National Youth Service Corps to post youths from the southern part of Nigeria to the North, saying that with the growing insecurity in the region, it is greatly unfair.

Dailypost recalls that several calls have been made recently regarding the posting of corps members to the north, especially by parents and guidance of the potential youth corps members.

Last Saturday, a group of Bayelsa parents and guardians, led by the National Women Leader, United for Goodluck Success Campaign, Mrs. Favour Alafuro, embarked on a streets protest in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, demanding the reversal of NYSC’s action of posting their children and wards to the North, saying it was like a suicide mission.

In their own agitation, the Ijaw youths said, “The IYC maintains its earlier position that Ijaw graduates and anybody from southern Nigeria should not be posted to the North and that the NYSC scheme should be reviewed to ensure that youths serve in their region.

“The idea of national integration which necessitated the posting of youths to different parts of the country cannot be used as a justification to post Ijaw youths to the North in the present security situation.”

They said it was unacceptable that youths were posted to the north to be killed, while northern youths were enjoying the nation’s oil in Ijawland. (Daily Post)

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