Akwa Ibom Commandant Decries Buhari’s Refusal To Sign Peace Corps Bill Into Law – Accuse enemies of progress for their woes
By Nseobong David
Akwa Ibom State Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria,Patriot Aniefiok Effiong has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to withhold assent to a bill that would make it a paramilitary agency. The Commandant made the reaction today in Uyo while briefing journalists in his office.
According to the State Commandant, President Buhari’s decision was influenced by enemies of the Peace Corps of Nigeria. His words: “I feel it is the hand work of our enemies which I am not afraid to say it, because the same submission that the Nigerian Police Force made is the same submission that the President also made in his letter which was read by the Speaker Yakubu Dogara on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday. This is to say that there is a conspiracy.”
Patriot Effiong lamented the conspiracy theory suffered by the Peace Corps of Nigeria and wondered why the President should have allowed himself to be cowed by enemies of progress and developments who do not want the burden of youths unemployment to be lessened in the country. He added that the Peace Corps of Nigeria also serves as a reservoir of employment for other security agencies as those agencies could always fall back on the paramilitary agency for employment of trained personnel.
The Commandant further said: “The President should have also considered the unemployment situation which has culminated into crime in the polity, rather than only looking at the economic concern”.
For the security concern which he cited as one of the reasons for his decisions, to me; we have different approaches to tackling security situations in this country. There are millions of people in this country and the Police alone cannot tackle it.”
“If the Peace Corps were to be present at the Government School in Yobe State, the situation would have been arrested as the armed men would have been prevented from invading and attacking the students”, the Commandant added.
He appealed to President Buhari to reconsider his decision and expressed optimism that the National Assembly would veto the President’s decision. He also encouraged members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria not to be despondent, while they believe that the National Assembly will continue to do their legislative job on the matter.