In an expression of heightened concern over the growing insecurity in the country, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members on Wednesday stormed their Headquarters in Abuja, asking for redeployment from Northern states to other parts of the country.
The Batch “B” 2011 members posted to Kano and some other northern states sought reposting to other regions other than the North, especially now that the Boko Haram sect has continued to unleash mayhem on security agencies.
The corp members urged the NYSC management to stop further posting to Adamawa, Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi and Niger, in particular, citing the Boko Haram’s unchecked depredations as example.
In Adamawa State, of the 4,171 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members trained for Ad Hoc electioneering duties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), about 1,041 of them have fled the state following increasing insecurity.
Some of the corps members said: “Since residents, most especially corps members, are no longer safe in the northern states, they should henceforth be posted to their states of origin or preferred states in the interest of peace and safety.
If they could defy such security personnel, what do you think they would do to corps members that have no security training?
“Our lives are no longer safe; we cannot die because we want to serve our fatherland. We should be immediately posted to safer states.”
The management of the NYSC urged the corps members seeking redeployment to return to their states of origin after filling the redeployment form.
The Special Adviser to the NYSC Director-General, Alhaji Musa Abubakar said: “The NYSC does not have any right to deprive any corps member of his or her right.
“We will continue to respect their grievances. If a corps member feels he or she is no longer safe somewhere, we will redeploy such a person. We cannot continue to jeopardise their safety.”
Abubakar added that affected corps members would be contacted when the management completes the redeployment process.
Boko Haram, having carried out its attacks with little or no challenge from the security agencies, the sect has since November 2011 stepped up its offensive in places like Kano, Maiduguri, Damaturu and Potiskum, targeting churches, mosques, banks, and police stations. At least 250 people were reported killed. Last year’s violence garnered more international attention for the group, with condemnations from virtually every quarter.