Governor Kayode Fayemi have been told to recruit his kids after he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to turn National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps into security training grounds and recruit “willing and able” graduates to join the military and the police.
Fayemi pointed out that one of the cheapest and fastest ways to handle this was to amend the law setting up the scheme.
According to him, if NYSC ‘corpers’ are converted into soldiers, they could be deployed to fight against Boko Haram terrorists, bandits, separatists and so on.
He added that corps members, who cannot join the military services, can serve in their communities without pay.
But reacting, some Nigerians on social media urged him to lead by example by bringing his children abroad to join the military.
Here are some comments DAILY POST gathered on Twitter and Instagram:
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@abeesoyeh, ”I just hope all your Children would also be among the troop to fight the bandits. Wicked souls after siphoning all the funds meant for the masses, your next agenda is to start your suicide mission.”
@opeyemibanzini,” When will these folks stop treating NYSC as the panacea to all Nigeria’s problems. Can’t they just leave these graduates to face real-world post-graduation uncertainty in peace!”
@holluwaphemmy88, [email protected] one of the qualities of a good leader is leading by example. Will you be kind enough to bring one of your children just one, not two to join in beefing up security?”
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@dbassboi, ”After all the sufferings in school, when it’s now time for parents to reap their labour, they should lose their sons and daughters to the hand of Bokoharam and bandits. You have children also, Mr. Fayemi, Please recruit your children to fight them.”
@Dot_E_Fresh, ”Insane. Fayemi is better than this. Sensible people like him and Fashola seem to lose their marbles when they get near the levers of power.
@adresbello, ”This is pure madness. Why don’t you lead by example by bringing your kids to join this security training grounds.”
@DopplerFilmz, ”Looking for people’s sons and daughters to kill in an avoidable war fuelled by Islamists expansionist agenda and corruption.”
@magnus_coker, ”Some suggestions to Gov. Fayemi of Ekiti State: 1. His children should be at the forefront of this security campaign.
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- He and other governors should reduce the number of DSS operatives, Police personnel, and Civil Defense personnel on their security detail.”
@O_basslet, ”APC is a curse. Fayemi wants the FG to recruit Corps Members as security personnel. Tinubu wants to recruit 50M youths into the army. Are you people okay?”
@SodiqTade, ”Osinbajo is their best choice in that party for the sake of the country if at all APC get to rig the 2023 election successfully. I can’t have Tinubu who believed in 50m battalion or Fayemi that believed Corp members should be used to beef up the country security.”
Earlier, former governor of Lagos state and an All Progressive Congress Chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had adviced the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to recruit 50 million youths into the army.
Tinubu said such large scale recruitment would help the fight against insecurity across the country. Tinubu stressed that the recruitment process should emphasize on the fight against insecurity and not education or literacy.
He said: “We are under-policed and we are competing with armed robbers and bandits to recruit from the youths who are unemployed —33 per cent unemployed?
“Recruit 50 million youths into the army, what they will eat —cassava, corn, yam, will grow here.
“Don’t talk about illiteracy, anybody who can hold a gun, who can handle a gun, who can cock and shoot is technically competent to repair a tractor in the farm.”
Recall also that in June, the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, says corps members are part of the national defence policy of Nigeria and can be mobilised for war if need be.
The NYSC boss 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.”