"Use Corps Members To Fight Boko Haram If They Refuse Don't Pay Them" - Ekiti Gov. Fayemi

"Use Corps Members To Fight Boko Haram If They Refuse Don't Pay Them" - Ekiti Gov. Fayemi

Dr Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), has stated that the country's security condition necessitates a joint effort to address.

Fayemi remarked at an event in Ibadan that the country's current predicament did not deserve blame politics and opportunistic opposition, but that "it is time to develop a nation and not squander it away."

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Fayemi emphasized that Nigeria needs patriotic statesmen and women, not rumor mongers, ethnic crisis entrepreneurs, and provincial individuals of little minds who see everything through the lens of ethnic and religious conspiracy.

 He believes that one method to stop the present wave of insecurity is to recruit a big number of people to join the police and military, either on a temporary or permanent basis.

He pointed out that amending the law establishing the Nation Youths Service Corps was one of the cheapest and fastest solutions to deal with the problem (NYSC).

Under a specific arrangement that will be worked up, the Governor highlighted that the existing orientation camps can be used to teach willing and able graduates to reflate the security personnel.

He stated that corps members who are unable to join the military might volunteer in their communities without remuneration.

According to existing data, we will require a minimum of 200,000 soldiers to increase our men's fighting capability.

“This number is very large and a potential financial and logistic nightmare, yet we cannot delay any further.

“The ungoverned spaces needed to be closed up quickly by motivated men with the singular objective to save the nation.That takes us to the number two issue of financing and arming large recruitment.

“With this, we can use the existing orientation camps to train willing and able graduates to reflate the security personnel under a special arrangement that will be worked out.

“That way, the fund that is currently deployed to the NYSC can be used with just some additional funding, which could be sourced through a national emergency fund for the next five to 10 years.

“Those who cannot join the military services can serve in their community without pay, if we must still retain the NYSC for everyone.

“To incentivise those who may volunteer to serve, they will have a separate certificate and medal of honour in addition to having priority for military, paramilitary and civil or public service recruitment after service.

“We also need to encourage investment in the real sectors that can engage people and reduce unemployment, which is a major source of insecurity,” the NGF chairman added.

Fayemi, on the other hand, expressed confidence that, while the situation appears hopeless, the security situation will improve significantly sooner rather than later, and Nigeria will emerge stronger from this period of national suffering.

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