Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria, has revealed why he refused to assent to the Peace corps bill.
Buhari noted that security concerns and financial burden of funding the organisation are his reasons for his action.
He stated this in a letter he sent to the House of Representatives which was read during plenary on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, by the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara.
To him, given the “scarce government resources”, funding the organisation will be a financial burden on the federal government.
He then noted that the organisation is a duplication of existing security agencies which are to undertake activities currently being performed by extant security and law enforcement agencies.
The National Assembly passed the Peace Corps Bill in 2017, after a prolonged battle involving the organisation and the nation’s security agencies.
The bill has been widely anticipated by many Nigerians, especially the youth who believe creation of the corps will reduce unemployment.