Following the worsening spate of insecurity in the country, especially among members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Northern parts of Nigeria and have become easy preys in the hands of vexed Islamic sect, Boko Haram, the Minister of Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi has stopped new postings to Borno and Yobe States.
A letter dated 16th November, 2011, signed by Julius Ogunro, SA Media to the Minister and made available to Blank NEWS Online, stated thus:
“The Honourable Minister of Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi has observed the on-going controversy and confusion over the fate of would-be corps members originally posted to Borno and Yobe States.
“He wishes to state clearly that no new corps member would be posted to these states under the current ‘Batch C’ mobilization of corps members. The affected corps members will be called to camp and begin the orientation exercise in Benue State (for those initially posted to Borno) and Nassarawa State (for those posted to Yobe) immediately after the regular Orientation Camps close.
“Thereafter, these corps members would be posted to all states of the federation, except for Borno and Yobe States.
“The Honourable Minister wishes to assure all corps members that Government is working hard to ensure their safety and security, and commends them for their unalloyed service to Fatherland.”
Meanwhile, checks by Blank NEWS Online reveals that serving corps members are already been withdrawn from Borno and Yobe States, where the notorious Boko Haram sect recently unleashed hell and murdered several hundreds of people, including serving youth corps members, in the wake of a Muslim festival.
Our source at the NYSC Headquarters disclosed that the directive for the gradual withdrawal of serving corps members in the two crisis ridden states may have emanated from the office of the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier- General Nnamdi Okorie-Affia, pending the restoration of peace and security of lives and property in the affected states.