…says Resign Now For Failure to Rescue Kidnapped Corp members
… supports continuous existence of NYSC
Foremost civil Right advocacy group known as Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria HURIWA has asked the Police Chief to either get the Kidnapped Corp members freed within 24 hours or resign immediately.
HURIWA gathered that the corp members was on their way to Zamfara to participate in the mandatory national youth when intercepted on Saturday August 21stby bandits.
According to report, 11 corps members were kidnapped but three managed to escape. Aside from the eight corps members, the driver of the bus was also abducted. Also, it is gathered that the family of one of the victims Betty Udofia was reached and that the kidnappers are demanding N4 million ransom.
The Right Group in a statement expressed strong opposition to the not so well thought out position of the veteran Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme to be abolished in light of the safety of corps members, the Rights group said the actress may have been misinformed about the enormity of noble roles the NYSC is laying.
Recalled that Reacting via Twitter on over the kidnapped of the corpers in Zamfara, the respected actress Miss. Henshaw said since the security of Corps members was no longer guaranteed, the scheme should be scrapped. She urged the government to “stop putting the lives of young people at risk with moribund ideas.”
HURIWA which endorses the continuous existence and indeed strengthening of the NYSC scheme, commended the current management of the NYSC for virtually relocating the management office of the institution from Abuja temporarily to Zamfara State since the last ten days that the prospective corpers were kidnapped by terrorists just so they personally coordinate the efforts of all stakeholders including the Army, the police and other security agencies to free the hostages.
The Rights group also condemned the lack of administrative sanctions on heads of security by the President for the widespread insecurity all around the Country. If the heads of security forces are punished administratively for dereliction of duty following security breaches in Nigeria, the acting IGP would’ve sit up to send troops to rescue the kidnapped corpers.
Besides, HURIWA recalled that the latest Global Peace Index ranked Nigeria among the top 20 least peaceful countries in the World just as HURIWA supports the continuous existence of the NYSC for the noble roles it has been playing to stabilise Nigeria, promote multicultural dialogues, and enhancements of broader national networking by young Nigerian graduates from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
HURIWA demands that the acting IGP Kayode Egbetokun takes concrete steps to ensure that the 8 corpers still being held in captivity by terrorists are freed within 24 hours or he quits or be dismissed for failing in his task of securing the nation going by the fact that the NYSC is a symbol of our national unity which must be safeguarded by every legitimate means.