Brig.Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has said that corps members are an integral part of the national defence policy of Nigeria and can be mobilised for war if need be.
Ibrahim made this revelation on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Wednesday while commenting moves by the National Assembly to scrap the scheme which is compulsory for all Nigerian graduates below the age of 30.
He said, “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.”