The Nigeria House of Representatives has reportedly stopped the National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, from posting incoming corps members to volatile states in the northern Nigeria where incessant violence has claimed thousands of lives.
The NYSC had on Monday asked potential corps members to report at their orientation camps location where the fundamentalist Islamic sect, Boko Haram is waging an insurgency against the Federal Government. The States are Yobe, Kaduna, Kano, Borno, Gombe and Bauchi.
The 2012 Batch B corps members besieged the NYSC HQ in Abuja on Monday, demanding that they be re-assigned to different states ahead of the three-week NYSC orientation, which takes place at camp grounds in one’s assigned state.
Dozens of the affected corps members were seen trying to gain entry into the complex which was being guarded by armed soldiers.
However, they were informed by a director with the NYSC mobilisation unit in Abuja to first go to their camp grounds and there seek for re-deployment. That order, given in a statement pasted on the wall at the Abuja secretariat, did nothing to assuage the fears, concern and anger of these potential corps members at being sent off into terrorist-prone areas.