By Samson Echenim
LAGOS—ADVANCED Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider signing the Peace Corps Bill which he declined assent recently.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Tosin Adeyanju, yesterday, the group said it received the news of the president’s decline of assent to the bill with shock, as nothing indicated that the president would withhold assent considering his passionate belief in creation of institutions to absorb the army of unemployed youths in the country and his recent call for all schools to be fully protected.
“APDA solidly holds the view that the establishment of the Peace Corps in the country should not be seen as a burden on our resources but as a God-given opportunity to generate employment for our army of unemployed youths roaming about the streets and equally compliment the work of sister security agencies in area of protecting our schools to avoid the repeat of Chibok and Dapchi scenarios in the future.
“This is therefore a clarion call on President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider signing the Peace Corps Bill which he declined assent recently. The signing of the Bill apart from helping to boost the security of the nation, would also create openings for Nigeria’s army of unemployed youths to be employed,” the alliance stated.