Brig.-Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Afia, Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has urged politicians to guard their utterances and to stop using inciting words that could threaten the security of corps members during elections.
Okore-Afia made the appeal in Abuja on Sunday at a meeting with security chiefs and INEC commissioners in respect of elections to be held in some parts of the country.
The states where elections will be held are Bayelsa, Sokoto and Adamawa.
The NYSC boss urged security agencies to intensify surveillance and security around the corps members during and after the elections.
He called on politicians to be cautious of their choice of words so as not to trigger any violence which could endanger the lives of corps members, adding that “NYSC members should be allowed to do their work.
“I want to urge our political actors to desist from uttering inciting statements that may likely make the corps members targets of attacks.”
He reminded politicians that the corps members deployed to states during elections were not indigenes of the states and did not have any political interest, aside from doing their national duty.
Okore-Afia called on members to always stand firm in their resolve to enthrone an enduring democracy, stressing that good governance would guarantee their future.
He, however, warned them to resist any attempt by any political party or their agents to influence them in the discharge of their duties.
The DG assured corps members of adequate security throughout their service year, saying: the scheme and the Federal Government will protect you wherever you are posted to.
Don’t allow yourself to be cohort or intimidated into abandoning your conscience and duty to your country as history will certainly record your sacrifices in positive light as the heroes who brought Nigeria out of political darkness of rigging and thuggery.
He called on well-meaning Nigerians to always care, provide and protect the corps members as their children, whose only concern is to see to the development of any community they are posted to.